An event to bring together everyone interested in developing the music community in Leeds will take place at Leeds Town Hall on 28/29 November. Hosted by Music:Leeds, a project led by partners Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Council and LeedsBID, it aims to create more opportunities, increase collaborations and raise awareness within the Leeds music scene.

The research, led by Samuel Nicholls, also known as Whiskas, a Senior Lecturer in Music at Leeds Beckett University, explores and promotes music in Leeds as an experience, a business and as a cultural driver. It will be presented alongside talks from a range of key figures from Europe and the UK, who are creating vibrant and supportive music scenes in their cities.

“We’re excited to bring everyone involved in music together with what we hope is a really great drive for change and development”, said Samuel. “Our aim is to identify what we can do to galvanise music in the city, provide more opportunities for engagement and build on the great artists, organisations and businesses doing amazing work.”

Speakers at the event will also include: Ella Overkleeft, Deputy Night Mayor of Amsterdam; Jesper Mardahl, Manager of Promus, a community and networking centre for Denmark’s music industry; Shain Shapiro, Managing Director of music market development company, Sound Diplomacy; Craig Pennington, Editor in Chief of Bido Lito! Magazine and lead for the ‘Liverpool, Music City?’ project; Chelsea Rixson, Founder of Brighton Music Office, and Phil Nelson, BIMM Group – Music Industry Ambassador; and Michael Dugher, CEO of UK Music, a campaigning and lobbying group representing the UK recorded and live music industry.

Representatives of Music:Leeds, Leeds City Council and Leeds 2023 will discuss their work, which supports Leeds’s bid to be European Capital of Culture. Additionally, there will be panel discussions, question and answer sessions and networking opportunities.

The day runs from 9.30am to 5pm and is open to all. A refundable deposit of £10 is required to book a place: please visit

Music:Leeds partner organisation, UK Music, will also host a research conference on Tuesday 28 November, open to members of industry, academia and students. The event takes place at Leeds Town Hall from 1.30-6pm.

Speakers at the event include: Oliver Morris, Director of Education and Skills at UK Music; Leeds Beckett’s Samuel Nicholls; Annabella Coldrick, CEO of the Music Managers Forum; Dr Emma Webster, Research Associate for the UK Live Music Census; and academics at Southampton Solent University, Newcastle University, Cambridge University, and the University of Northampton.

For more information, and to book a place, please visit

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