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How the LCR Music Board is cementing the city region’s position as one of the world’s music capitals

3 months ago

By The Guide Liverpool

How the LCR Music Board is cementing the city region’s position as one of the world’s music capitals

Liverpool’s music scene continues to go from strength to strength. Here’s how the LCR Music Board plays a vital role in our city’s musical success. 

Liverpool and music go together like Lennon & McCartney. 

But our musical heritage doesn’t begin and end with The Beatles. Our city continues to produce talent like nowhere else in the world. 

From Frankie Goes to Hollywood, The Real Thing, and The La’s to The Coral, Atomic Kitten and Cast, the city’s list of music superstars is endless.  

And that’s before we get to modern musos like Jamie Webster, CamelPhat, RedRum Club, and many more outstanding artists. 

However, it’s not talent alone that makes our artists successful. They need support to thrive. And Liverpool is nothing if not supportive. 

Our fantastic network of grassroots venues, run by people who love music, gives Liverpool musicians plenty of places to hone their craft. 

Then, when they emerge as masters, our world-class festival scene gives local talent the chance to play on the big stage at events like Liverpool Sound City, Africa Oye, Creamfields and On The Waterfront. 

Our city’s musicians have a secret weapon, too – the support of the Liverpool City Region Music Board, whose mission is to cement the region’s position as one of the world’s music capitals. 

Set up in 2018 by Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham, the board is one of the first in the UK and is a driving force behind Liverpool’s musical success. 

Made up of a panel of music experts and influential figures, the LCR Music Board make sure music businesses and communities have a voice in local and regional decision-making.

Liverpool Philharmonic
Liverpool Philharmonic

With a line-up that reads like a who’s who of the city’s most prominent music professionals, we can be sure our voice is heard loud and clear. 

Board members include: 

  • Michael Eakin, Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic 
  • Rebecca Ayres, Managing Director of Sound City
  • Cath Hurley, Founder of music management company Mostdeffo
  • Craig Pennington, Founder of Birkenhead’s Future Yard
  • Jennifer John, Creative Director and Music Manager of Sense of Sound Singers
  • Yaw Owusu, Executive Manager of The Playmaker Group 
  • Yousef, International DJ and Circus Founder, Yousef
  • Jennifer Johnston, mezzo-soprano and Scouse Diva

Find profiles on the complete list of board members here. 

Tasked with ensuring the long-term development of the local music industry, LCR Music Board is currently delivering a £1.6 million plan that aims to provide business growth, skills and talent development to strengthen the music ecosystem across the region. 

The project includes delivery of apprenticeships and traineeships. It supports industry career events and outreach to help young people find full-time employment in the music sector. 

Investment in developing talent through the likes of LIMF Academy and the Momentum programme is also a vital part of the project’s aims. 

LCR MUSic board
LIMF Academy

With tourism in the Liverpool City Region generating an astonishing £5bn yearly – with Beatles-related tourism responsible for £120m of that figure – it’s never been more essential that our region’s music tourism offer continues to attract visitors from around the globe. 

Thanks to the support of the Liverpool City Region Music Board, we’ve no doubt that the city’s talent, past, present and future, will attract tourists for years to come and achieve the goal of cementing Liverpool’s position as a must-visit destination for music. 

Liverpool is the city where music lives.

And thanks to the backing of the LCR Music Board, it’s the city where music thrives. 

Keep up to date with the latest news from LCR Music Board here. 

LCR Music Board – Organisation profiles

We have teamed up with LCR Music Board to showcase some of the best music organisations, venues and studios in the city. The first one being Scrapyard Studios in Bootle. Watch as we find out more about the organisation which supports the local community, and people of Sefton with arts and music.

Get the latest music news for Liverpool HERE.



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