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Liverpool City Region launches new Music Board

On Monday the new Liverpool City Region Music Board launched at the Cunard Building. The Music Board will aim to strengthen the city's position as one of the leading music hubs, ensuring that musicians and communities have a greater say in local and regional decision-making.

We pleased that LAAF Director Anne Thwaite sits on the board:

  • Chris Meehan, CEO Sentric
  • Rebecca Ayres, Managing Director Liverpool Sound City
  • Ian Thomas, Chair of LCR Music Education Alliance
  • Steve Levine, Music producer
  • Craig Pennington, editor of Bido Lito!
  • Matthew Flynn, University of Liverpool Music Industries
  • Paul Gallagher, Deputy Director at Museum of Liverpool
  • Ben Williams, Commercial Director, ACC Liverpool
  • Andy McClusky, OMD vocalist
  • Cath Hurley, mostedeffo music manager
  • Hannah McKearnen, Independent Accessibility and Inclusion advocate
  • Yaw Owusu, Playmaker Group, LIMF
  • Catherine Tackley, Head of Music, University of Liverpool
  • Alok Nayak, MILAPFEST
  • Barbara Phillips, Positive Impact
  • Anne Thwaite, Director, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival
  • Jennifer John, Sense of Sound

Board members will be tasked with five key priorities, identified through the recent Developing a Liverpool City of Music Strategy report, which aims to sustain, support and develop the music sector in our region:

The priorities are:

Safeguarding and protecting music venues
Growing current and future music heritage
Developing the Beatles’ legacy
Increasing access to music education
Engaging and developing new talent

The Music Board will work closely with all our local authorities – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral and will look to build on the success of Liverpool’s status as UNESCO City of Music.Joe Anderson OBE, Mayor of Liverpool, added:

“This is a region that stands out in the UK when it comes to music. This board will bring together music sector aficionados to see how we can all work together to celebrate our enviable legacy, and at the same time enhance the industry, develop a clear understanding of what changes need to be made and introduce new ways of thinking.”