Music:Leeds has launched as a new, regional, not-for-profit development body. With support from Leeds 2023, the body will function as a single, centralised contact point and coordinate music-based activity in the Leeds music sector, whatever the level, genre or pathway.
Music:Leeds will provide a new level of support for those invested in the Leeds music scene through commercial and community pathways. The body will create networking opportunities, targeted projects, music events, advice for individuals, local organisations and businesses. Music:Leeds will also provide funding from national funders and music industry bodies.
Support includes the new Music:Leeds’ Launchpad, which 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 here.
Our Chair, Ruth Pitt says:
“Music:Leeds is an important milestone as the city gears up for our international cultural festival in 2023. Music is woven deep into the fabric of Leeds. It’s home to a strong, diverse and innovative music industry. By connecting and collaborating across genres, art forms and sectors, Music:Leeds will see engagement across all our communities so that local talent flourishes and our citizens can access a world-class cultural offer. We look forward to continuing to nurture, celebrate and showcase world-class talent on the international stage”.
Supporting Leeds as a world-class city for culture, Music:Leeds will strengthen the city’s identity as a thriving music hub and boost its international profile. By creating a nurturing environment for creatives, Music:Leeds will promote the city as an attractive place to innovate, work, study, visit, and live. The body also represents an opportunity for Leodians from all walks of life to access and engage with music.
Music:Leeds will thus help to enrich the social and economic benefits of Leeds’ cultural and creative industries to the benefit of the city and its citizens for years to come.
Want to hear more? 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. You can find further details on speakers and register to attend the City Music Forum here.