Music:Leeds is a new development body for the region, a not-for-profit organisation functioning as a single, centralised contact point. Supporting Leeds as a world-class city for culture, Music:Leeds will contribute to the city’s identity as a music hub, boost its international profile and attract visitors.
The organisation will coordinate music-based activity in the Leeds music sector, whatever the level, genre or pathway. Music:Leeds represents an opportunity for Leodians from all walks of life to access and engage with music.
Providing a new level of support for those invested in the Leeds music scene through commercial and community pathways, Music:Leeds will create networking opportunities, targeted projects, music events, advice for individuals, local organisations and businesses, and provide funding from national funders and music industry bodies.
Music:Leeds will host the first of a series of City Music Forums on Tuesday 5th March at Leeds Town Hall, in coordination with Leeds City Council Arts, Venues and Events.
The City Music Forum will support the direction of Music:Leeds activity, and provide the opportunity for all stakeholders in the Leeds music scene to have their say, offering feedback on important issues impacting the role and profile of music in the city. Attendees will be invited to propose items for discussion on the day.
This event follows a successful Town Hall event in November 2017 which attracted speakers from across Europe.
You can find details about the speakers and register to attend the City Music Forum at: https://www.musicleeds.com/citymusicforum2019
Music:Leeds’ Launchpad will provide the opportunity for emerging artists in the Leeds and West Yorkshire area to benefit from industry advice, mentoring, creative development, performance opportunities, recording and public releases of their music.
Kicking off with a new music commission as part of Leeds International Festival, artists/musicians and composers can find out more and apply for support at https://www.musicleeds.com/launchpad
Simon Rix (Kaiser Chiefs) says:“The music scene in Leeds has always been something special; it’s a big city with lots of scenes and collectives. It’s great to see Music:Leeds launch, to help see the city fulfil its massive potential by supporting new talent coming through and making existing links more tangible and concrete. That’s together with other recent developments, such as the relocation of the Channel 4 headquarters to Leeds. This is another platform to help boost the city’s creative resources and provide a platform for galvanising the city’s creative industries musically and beyond.”