Plans for a new independent review of Manchester’s grassroots music venues and how the council and its partners can better support them have been revealed.

The review will be commissioned by Manchester Music City (MMC) and will be overseen by the MMC steering group led by its chair Debra King, director of Manchester-based music development organisation Brighter Sound.

Due to start its work in April, the review will report back in autumn with ‘practical recommendations for supporting and nurturing small and medium-sized venues while being considerate of residents and businesses in the growing city and the Council’s responsibilities.’

The review will consider the needs of hte music sector within the city’s policies, planning considerations and regulatory functions. It will also advise on supporting the development of Manchester as a Music City, ‘with a vibrant and inclusive cultural economy which attracts and nourishes grassroots talent.’

News of the report comes as iconic Northern Quarter venue Night & Day head to court to appeal a noise abatement notice. News of the notice sparked overwhelming support for the famed gig spot, with a petition to remove the notice receiving nearly 100,000 signatures.

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Tue 21 Mar
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Tue 21 Mar 2023