3 ways we’re making Kirklees more musical
An ambitious project to make the most of our musical heritage has received a cash boost this week.
The project has received £299,032 from the Leeds LEP’s Business Rates Pool fund to spend on making Kirklees a world-class destination for music.
1.) Creating a place where everyone can hear world class music
We announced our commitment to music in the 2016 Culture Kirklees report. Last year we announced our ambitions for Kirklees to become a place where everyone can hear world-class music; and where children and young people have access to excellent musical experiences and education.
2.) Supporting young people to become successful musicians
We’re also looking to support the next generation of musicians and music professionals. And, as a result build and sustain high quality careers. We will do this by providing access to the very best industry advice, career opportunities and performance routes. This funding is the first step on the road to achieving this.
3.) Hosting a year of music in 2023
Finally, the council hopes to bring together local, national and international partners to hold a year of music in 2023. This will complement the plans for Leeds City of Culture, which is expected to take place at the same time.
The activity funded through this bid will kick start the plans, injecting much needed capacity to develop new skills and forge foundations that will make sure the project is sustainable.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of the Council said:
“As a council, we recognise the value of music on a places identity as well as its economic impact. There is a strong tradition of music making in the district with local music organisations being innovative within their approach and punching above their weight individually. We need to build upon this to promote the area, bring communities together, and give our creative industries a boost.
The recent successful bid for money from the business rates pool is the first of what we hope to be many bids that bring funding into the district to deliver on our ambition for music.”