Music:Leeds is a not-for-profit organisation established to act as a single, centralised point of contact that will coordinate activity to support, promote, develop and grow music-based activity within the city across any level, medium, genre or pathway.

 This will include targeted projects, creating networking opportunities, mediation, and signposting for individuals, local organisations and businesses, funding organisations, local and national government and national music industry bodies.

 This activity is determined by our strategy, centred around three core areas, delivered through seven project streams:


  • Creative Development & Business Growth

  • Placemaking & Tourism

  • Access to Music


  • Artist Development & Business / Enterprise Support

  • Networking

  • Communication

  • Capacity Building

  • Storytelling

  • Heritage

  • Open Access


A City Music Forum will offer the opportunity for the wide ranging body of Leeds music stakeholders to contribute and feedback into this activity, the broader strategy and the organisations priorities


Music:Leeds is delivered as part of Leeds City Council’s Culture Strategy

Music:Leeds is led by Samuel Nicholls aka whiskas, previously a musician, promoter, venue manager, artist manager and record label owner in the city who now works as Lecturer in Music at Leeds Beckett University, is an advisor for PRS Foundation and Arts Council England and is part of the Artistic Programme Advisory group for Leeds 2023.

Music:Leeds is backed by Leeds City Council, Leeds BID, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds College of Music and Awesome Merchandise.

If you have any questions, wish to talk about the project, or highlight areas of music in Leeds we should address, please email whiskas: