Leeds Chamber Celebrates the Business of Music

By Gemma Cross


The massive contribution that the music industry makes to the economy was the theme of this year’s Leeds Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner. Leeds Conservatoire, as one of the city’s leading cultural institutions, was involved in panel discussion and performance at this.

He told the audience:

“The music industry generates around £6.7 billion to Britain’s economy every year. It has been one of our principal cultural exports for decades and music produced from our country is listened to and loved all over the world.

“And our great city of Leeds has made an enormous contribution to this heritage and achievement. Whether it is Corrine Bailey Rae, Marc Almond, Mel B, the Kaiser Chiefs or the Utah Saints [of which Professor Jez Willis is a founder member] we remain a factory for brilliant music.

“But music does something more important than make money and encourage trade. There are fewer things in this world that can impact our mood than music. It touches us in ways that nobody can describe. The songs you loved as a child stay with you your whole life. Whether listening to music at home or alongside thousands at a gig is a wonderful experience.

“But it also has an impact on peoples’ mental state. It brings people together and creates a common sense of purpose and joy.”

Musicians from Leeds Conservatoire, including Jazz graduate Olivia Cuttill, were amongst the evening’s performers. Head of Strategic Partnerships and Enterprise James Warrender also participated in panel discussion, hosted by President Chris Black and Chief Executive James Mason, alongside representatives from organisations including Culture City Radio, Leeds City Council, Opera North, first direct arena, Leeds Black Music Festival and Music Local.


Find out more about the event on the Chamber website

Read a post-event piece in The Yorkshire Post (requires subscription to view)

By Gemma Cross

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