In 2019, UK Music and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) published the Greater Manchester Music Review (PDF, 7.5MB) which included ten recommendations on how the city region could support and develop music in Greater Manchester. One of the recommendations was the formation of a Greater Manchester Music Commission.
Following the re-election of Andy Burnham as Mayor of Greater Manchester in May 2021, GMCA is establishing the Commission, which will meet four times a year, from 2021 onwards. Andy Burnham will be the political lead for the Greater Manchester Music Commission, with support from co-chairs.
The role of the Greater Manchester Music Commission will be to support and promote music in Greater Manchester. Commissioners will be asked to:
- Identify opportunities to develop talent and audiences within the Greater Manchester music ecology, as well as its prominence, reputation, and success both nationally and internationally
- Identify areas requiring intervention
- Prioritise these opportunities and challenges within the context of the local financial/political/health, etc. landscape
- Develop specific actions, interventions and programmes to present to GMCA
- Provide oversight of StreamGM, the not-for-profit ethical streaming service designed to provide a global platform for GM talent
- Investigate ways to promote music from Greater Manchester around the world, including investigation of the feasibility of a globally-significant music industry event in Greater Manchester.
The Greater Manchester Music Commission will report to the GMCA Culture and Heritage Steering Group which reports to GMCA, with representation from the steering group on the commission.