Help with new culture project

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An academic is seeking help from the city’s music community for a new project.

The Music:Leeds project, led by senior lecturer in Music at Leeds Beckett University, Samuel Nicholls, also known as Whiskas, aims to create more opportunities, increase collaborations and raise awareness within the Leeds music scene.

It will explore, nurture and promote music in Leeds as an experience, business and cultural driver.

The first stage of Samuel’s research involves recording the music activity in the city to put together an accurate picture of how much is going on at all levels. This will focus on music creators, music performers, music businesses and organisations supporting music-based activity.

Samuel is looking for volunteers to help create a database of music activity in Leeds.

Samuel, who since 2010 has curated the annual Unconference event as part of the Live At Leeds festival, said: “For the last couple of years I have been talking to and working with a range of organisations and institutions, both local and national, about how we can connect all the great activity in the city and link that with Leeds City Council and the team leading Leeds’s bid for European Capital of Culture in 2023.

“The first step to building a strategy for this is to know what’s going on in the city, and that is what we are launching now.”

To get involved, there are two surveys in which people can take part: audience members, musicians and venues can complete the UK Live Music Census survey available at by May 31.

All other music businesses, organisations and professionals in the city should visit to share their information.