The Panel Chair, Marti Burgess (Source: Twitter)
Bristol @ Night Advisory Panel, a group representing the city’s diverse night life, was launched on Monday, November 12, at the city hall.
The panel will bring all those involved in the city’s night-time economy together. It will discuss the challenges experienced during this time and work towards preserving the diversity of night activities, expanding it and making sure it flourishes.
The group will not be part of the council, but it can influence existing policies and strategies.
Councillor Cllr Nicola Beech introduced the initiative at the launch
Speakers across the industry contributed their views during the launch. Among them were:
- UK Music CEO, Michael Dugher
- Cabinet Member for Spatial Planning and City Design, Cllr Nicola Beech
- The Panel Chair, Marti Burgess
- A senior lecturer in music at Leeds Beckett University, Sam Nicholls
- Local promoter, Tom Paine
Beech introduced the initiative.
Dugher discussed the challenges the music industry is experiencing nationwide. This included business rates of venues. He said UK Music was working with Music Venues Trust on that issue.
He talked about the progress London Music Board has made under Mayor Sadiq Khan.
He also spoke on the specific problem the industry faced in Bristol.
He commended Mayor Marvin Rees for adopting the Agent of Change principle before it became law. The principle enabled Mayor Rees to work on problems faced by grassroots music venues in the city.
Aside from this initiative, UK Music is working with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, on improving the music industry in his city.