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UK Music and Sheffield City Region announce launch of music board

UK Music and the Sheffield City Region have announced a new music board to help bring together artists, venues, music businesses and festival organisers to work together to help shape and grow the region’s music industry.

This new regional Music Board will aim to harness the talent and ambition of all those who are passionate about music, from primary school-aged children right up to established musicians.

Mayor Jarvis said: “Our region is blessed with musical talent, with great venues large and small, and with a host of leading production and technology based businesses.

“But I know that there is more we could do to ensure we promote these strengths nationally and internationally, creating a stronger culture of creativity and talent development and growing the creative industries’ contribution to our economy.

“With this in mind I am partnering with UK Music to establish a Music Board for our region. Taking its inspiration from similar initiatives in London, Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region. The board will include public, private and the third sector representatives.

“We will aim high – projecting our region’s huge musical potential onto the national stage, helping to grow our economy and creating new opportunities for our talent to shine.”

The SCR Music Board will be made up of public and private sector representatives including the Mayor, music hub leads, one of our regions MPs, ward councillors and representatives from festivals such as Tramlines and Sensoria. Michael Dugher, CEO of UK Music, and Tom Kiehl, director of government and public affairs at UK Music, will act in an advisory capacity.

The board’s remit will explore how people across the region, including musicians, venues, training organisations, local authorities and politicians, can work together to champion talent and use these strengths to grow the region’s cultural economy. Its Chair will be announced at the first meeting.

Established in 2008, UK Music is an industry-funded body that aims to represent the recorded, published and live arms of the British music industry. It promotes the interests of record labels, musicians, composers, managers, producers, promoters, venues and more.
Doncaster will be represented by Paul Davies, Doncaster Music Services and hub manager; Frank Wilkes, director of DMF Digital/Alya Records; Paul Littlewood and Steve Mundin of Higher Rhythm Ltd;

Steve Mundin, Manager of Sine FM said "The music industry is now worth £4.4 billion annually to the UK economy and it's great to be based in a region where this growth industry is valued as highly as it deserves to be by policy makers. We are looking forward to the work in front of us and are proud to be the only music industry based organisation from Doncaster around the table, so will be bringing our decades of real industry experience to help support the growth of the wider region’s music industry"

Additional to Higher Rhythm's successful music artist development programme delivered across Yorkshire, and running the regional network, Music Industry Yorkshire, the award winning Doncaster organisation are also members of the newly formed Yorkshire Music Forum, with partners from across the wider region, supported by the Performing Rights Society Foundation. Higher Rhythm also run two pro level recording studios in Doncaster and are the parent company of Doncaster radio station, Sine FM, Media Sponsor of Doncaster Business Showcase 2019, being held at Doncaster Racecourse in February.