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A catalogue of news, content and useful information about and from the Liverpool City Region Music Board.

September 14th 2021

Career advice and inspiration: Michael Eakin, Chief Executive, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

My role as Chief Executive of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic comprises one of the country’s major professional symphony orchestras; a leading concert hall, and a major music education and outreach programme. As CEO my job is to lead this organisation of some 250 staff and musicians – setting the direction and strategy with […]

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August 09th 2021

Liverpool – We Will Always Have Music

This blog from Kevin McManus, representative of the Liverpool City Region Music Board and Head of UNESCO City of Music at Culture Liverpool, explains why Liverpool always has and will continue to be recognised internationally as a city of music. Liverpool was in the news again recently with the news that we had lost our […]

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August 05th 2021

Year On Evaluation: LCR Music Industry Support Fund

In 2020 the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority approved an award of £2m of SIF (Strategic Investment Find) to support the Liverpool City Region Music Industry Sector Development Pilot Project; delivering a programme of business growth, skills and talent development, and associated work to strengthen the LCR music ecosystem. The LCR Combined Authority approval was […]

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June 09th 2021

LCR Music Board’s Black Lives Matter Manifesto

Liverpool City Region Music Board is proud to share its Black Lives Matter Manifesto (Download the PDF here: Black Lives Matter – LCRMB Manifesto 2021) Created in response to the Black Lives Matter Movement and born from the Board’s dedication to diversity and inclusivity, the manifesto details our Board’s commitment to acknowledging the contribution of […]

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May 24th 2021

Announcement: New Music Board Members Revealed

Liverpool City Region Music Board is thrilled to reveal the names of its newest members; all experts and influential figures from the world of music. The eight new recruits are: Les Spaine, CEO of Spaine Music Company Jennifer Johnston, Mezzo soprano Andy Dockerty, Managing Director of Adlib events technology suppliers Saad Shaffi, Managing Director of […]

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April 07th 2021

Contribute to LCR Freelance Working Agreement and Directory

Individuals from the creative industries community in Liverpool City Region are invited to contribute to the development of a Freelance Working Agreement and Directory. March for the Arts, a collective dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of the arts, is working with a group of freelancers and creative professionals to create this Freelance Working […]

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February 18th 2021

LCR Music Board: We are recruiting new members

We are looking for new board members to join our panel of experts and influential figures from the world of music; sharing a passion for music and championing the local music scene. Those interested in acquiring one of the voluntary positions must complete the online application on our website by Friday 19th March 2021. Our […]

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January 29th 2021

Independent Venue Week 2021

This Independent Venue Week (25-31 January 2021), Kevin McManus, Head of Liverpool UNESCO City of Music, shines a light on independent music venues in the city region, whose resilience has been further tested during the pandemic. This week is Independent Venue Week, celebrating and championing the venues that are the lifeblood of the UK music […]

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January 28th 2021

A BEACON of resources for emerging artists

In December, Future Yard hosted BEACON, a live streamed ‘digital conference’ focusing on how emerging artists can creatively grow their artist project after COVID. LCR Music Board members, Cath Hurley and Craig Pennington from Future Yard, sought out a group of artists and industry professionals who have led innovative campaigns to drive success in the […]

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January 07th 2021

Liverpool City Region Music Board pays tribute to Gerry Marsden

Liverpool City Region Music Board would like to pay tribute to Liverpool music legend, Gerry Marsden, who sadly passed this week. Kevin McManus, representative of the Liverpool City Region Music Board and Head of UNESCO City of Music at Culture Liverpool, shares memorable experiences of working with the late Gerry Marsden and pays tribute to […]

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December 17th 2020

Policy Briefing: Securing the Future of Liverpool City Region’s Live and Dance Music Sector

This week, board member Dr Mat Flynn, who is a lecturer at the University of Liverpool, published his latest paper: Securing the Future of Liverpool City Region’s Live and Dance Music Sector. In recent weeks, board members have contributed to Mat’s research with Liverpool University’s Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place, which explores […]

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December 16th 2020

Crucial music professionals and businesses slipping through the cracks

Kevin McManus, representative of the Liverpool City Region Music Board and Head of UNESCO City of Music at Culture Liverpool, explains how support is needed for local businesses and freelancers who are missing out on much-needed funding. As we all know, the impact of the pandemic on the music sector has been huge locally, nationally […]

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December 09th 2020

Champion One, Champion All!

A new and unique digital exhibition of photographic portraits will debut at the Museum of Liverpool from today (9th December 2020). Champion One, Champion All!  is a collection of 33 portraits by Liverpool photographer Anthony Wilde and celebrates key figures from the city’s Black music scenes; the artists, promoters, venue owners, producers, managers and people […]

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November 26th 2020

On Record with Mark Lewisohn: How Black Music Inspired the Beatles

On Monday 30th November a unique interview with Mark Lewisohn, the acknowledged world authority on The Beatles, will be streamed online. He joins representatives of Liverpool City Region Music Board, Paul Gallagher and Peter Hooton, to discuss the Black artists and Black music genres that inspired the Fab Four from Liverpool. This is one of […]

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November 13th 2020

Making our website work for you…

We are currently developing this website; adding elements that support our strategy, to support and grow the local music sector, while also acting as a digital hub, sharing key information and resources to anyone working in the sector. We now have a Directory to showcase the variety of music talent and expertise in the Liverpool […]

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October 28th 2020

The Studio in Widnes Making Waves thanks to the Music Industry Support Fund

‘The Studio Widnes’ has utilised their grant from the ‘Music Industry Support Fund’ to help local people in the Halton area overcome barriers to music; developing two virtual projects that enable the development of local musicians, singers and songwriters – ‘Social Song Writing’ and ‘Supported Studio Setups’. The Studio was one of over 50 beneficiaries […]

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October 27th 2020

On Record – Celebrating black music in Liverpool

A festival of celebration and exploration of black music on Merseyside and the role it has played in communities over the past 70 years will launch online this week as part of Black History Month – From 5pm on Friday 30th October. Curated by LCR Music Board member, Yaw Owusu (The Playmaker Group / LIMF), […]

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October 23rd 2020

LCR Music Board pays tribute to Hambi Haralambous

Liverpool City Region Music Board would like to pay our own tribute to Hambi Haralambous who sadly passed away last weekend. Hambi was a much loved and respected member of the Liverpool music community and many of the Music Board have personal experience of working with him over the last 30 years. He had a […]

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September 30th 2020

Statement in support of #WeMakeEvents Global Day

Statement from Liverpool City Region Music Board: “The UK production companies behind the gigs and festivals we all attend are widely regarded as the best in the world, and many of these businesses are based in the Liverpool City Region. The live events industry was the fastest growing sector in the UK in 2018, with […]

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August 28th 2020

Research Results Demonstrate “Catastrophic” Impacts of COVID-19 on Local Music Scene

PRESS RELEASE: Research results demonstrate devastating impacts of lockdown and social distancing on music makers in Liverpool City Region. 175 musicians surveyed in new research from Bido Lito! and University of Liverpool Liverpool City Region Music Board closely monitoring research as rebuild of sector begins A sample of 175 musicians and music makers from Liverpool […]

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August 14th 2020

The Music Board is Looking For a Freelance Marketing and Communications Manager

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER FREELANCE ROLE The Liverpool City Region (LCR) Music Board are seeking an experienced marketing/communications manager to undertake the co-ordination, development and delivery of the LCR Music Board’s key communications and messaging across existing platforms. We are looking for someone who is passionate about music, a lateral thinker with great initiative, who […]

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June 29th 2020

Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

The Liverpool City Region Music Board is committed to equality and diversity. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement, and we are against all forms of racism and discrimination. The recent brutal killings of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks brought into sharp focus the massive inequalities and challenges that people and businesses […]

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June 04th 2020

Big name artists join fight to save Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios

Guy Garvey among musicians and producers demanding Parr Street Studios preservation  Elbow’s Guy Garvey, Travis’ Andy Dunlop, PiL’s Jah Wobble and a host of other musicians and producers have joined the fight to save Liverpool’s world-renowned Parr Street Studios, which developers threaten to turn into luxury apartments if officials don’t step in. The city centre […]

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