#LiveMusicMatters - the debate

Edinburgh’s music professionals have joined forces with Council officials to discuss the state of the Capital’s live music scene.

At Live Music Matters, an open forum held at the Usher Hall tonight (Monday 17 November), a jam-packed audience of musicians, gig promoters, venue managers and academics discussed the current live music offering in Edinburgh and shared ideas on how to enhance the experience of live music for musicians and concertgoers. 

The debate was organised following a commitment in June by the Council’s Culture and Sport committee to increase understanding and awareness of the live music industry in Edinburgh, in order to capture the key issues and opportunities facing the music community in the Capital.

Council policy on entertainment noise levels, the licensing and provision of live music venues in Edinburgh, and the support of grassroots talent emerged as hot topics for the local music community during the open forum.

The debate will continue on social media and residents can share thoughts on Twitter using #livemusicmatters, and on the Council’s blog. Further updates on the programme will become available later in the year.

The Usher Hall is owned and managed by The City of Edinburgh Council, is an international concert which has a maximum capacity of 2900, hosts around 200 concerts and sells around 220,000 tickets annually.

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