9.30am - 5.00pm

Eventbrite - Music:Leeds - an event about supporting music in Leeds

We’d like to invite you to our Music:Leeds event to listen, think, shout and contribute to a day that will help develop a mandate to connect and support music in the city at all levels.

We are bringing over individuals from Europe and across the UK to talk about how they are creating a vibrant and supportive music scene and music sector for the benefit of the people and the city.

We want to determine what we can do in Leeds to support musicians, music creators and music organisations and businesses. We believe through greater collaboration and communication we can improve the activity and reach of music within Leeds, and its impact and reputation beyond. We will use this event to build connections, challenge conventions, listen and inform the creation of a platform for supporting music in Leeds.

The day will be a combination of presentations, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, workshops and networking and offers an opportunity to meet people involved in music in Leeds, to listen, talk and collaborate on what we can achieve together. We need everyone who is involved and passionate about music in this city to be part of this process, so please join us!


Speakers include:

Ella Overkleeft (Deputy Night Mayor of Amsterdam)
Jesper Mardahl (Manager of Promus - Aarhus, Denmark)
Shain Shapiro (Managing Director, Sound Diplomacy)
Craig Pennington (Bido Lito, lead "Liverpool, Music City?" project)
Chelsea Rixson (Founder, Brighton Music Office) & Phil Nelson (BIMM Group - Music Industry Ambassador, Music Cities Liaison)
Michael Dugher (CEO of UK Music)
Nicola Greenan (Head of Engagement, Leeds 2023)
Tom Riordan (Chief Executive, Leeds City Council)
Andrew Cooper (Chief Executive, Leeds BID)

Find out more about all our speakers here

Find out about the organisations our speakers come from here

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Registration is free and the event will provide lunch and refreshments. There is £10 deposit to cover this, but will be refunded after the event for those who attend.

A full schedule and times will be published in early November

Any questions, please see more details of our project at




This event is supported by:

Leeds City Council
Leeds 2023
Leeds BID (Business Improvement District)
Awesome Merchandise
UK Music
Leeds Beckett University
Leeds College of Music
Ibis Styles Hotel City Centre Arena