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. Working in partnership with UK Music, the Board brings 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’s aim is 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 explores 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.
The Board is made up of public and private sector representatives including the Mayor, music hub leads, MPs, councillors and representatives from the region’s festivals. It is supported by UK Music, 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.