South Yorkshire is home to many world-famous bands and artists, festivals and iconic music venues. The region is also leading the way with music production and technology-based businesses.
To support the sector, in 2018, Mayor Dan Jarvis established the South Yorkshire Music Board. The Board worked in partnership with UK Music, and brought together artists, venues, music businesses and festival organisers to work together to help shape and grow the region’s music industry. In 2019, a UK Music report commissioned by the Music Board revealed that the industry contributes more than £92million to South Yorkshire’s economy each year.
The Music Board aimed to harness the talent and ambition of all those who are passionate about music, from primary school-aged children right up to established musicians. It explored 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. It promoted the interests of record labels, musicians, composers, managers, producers, promoters, venues and more.
Currently the Board is under review to ensure it aligns with the priorities of the new South Yorkshire Mayor, Oliver Coppard and is best equipped to represent the interests of the music sector.
In March 2022, to inform the review, the sector hosted a Music Forum event to determine where their needs and priorities lie, and how these might align with SYMCA and the wider work going on to support the cultural and creative industries.