What’s the story with music and Manchester? Review to shed light on local scene

New Order, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Oasis, The Happy Mondays, The Ting Tings, The 1975 – the list of bands who claim Manchester as home is a long and impressive one.

And now the city once dubbed “Madchester” for its role in kickstarting acid house in the late 1980s is looking at ways it can further foster the thriving local music scene.

The city’s mayor Andy Burnham has announced a major review into the local music scene. He’s asked UK Music, the industry’s campaigning and lobbying group, to lead the initiative. The six-month review will look at the financial and cultural benefits generated by the local music industry and consider ways to further foster music education and artist development.

It will also examine the music resources that are currently available such as rehearsal spaces and performance venues.

Burnham says: “Greater Manchester has led the way when it comes to British music, producing some of the greatest bands this country has ever known from Oasis to The Stone Roses, as well as being home to internationally-renowned orchestras.

“The music greats of our past inspire young musicians of today. We must build on this, beyond the already well-defined indie legacy, to truly embed culture and the arts in the heart of our communities and give future generations the opportunities to fulfil their creative potential.

“This review will enable us to support artists, businesses and audiences of all genres so that they are able to get more out of creating the music they love.”

UK Music CEO, Michael Dugher says: “The review will help identify ideas to widen opportunities and develop the talent pipeline across the city region, building on its formidable music heritage and to lure even more visitors to live music events in and around Manchester.”

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