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Members' Business: Welcome to Glasgow, a World City of Music

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Members' Business: Welcome to Glasgow, a World City of Music

June 20, 2018 17:00


That the Parliament notes the recommendations of the report, Growing the Value for Music Tourism in Glasgow, which was jointly commissioned by Scottish Enterprise and Glasgow Life; understands that the total value of live music attendance to the city's economy is estimated at almost £160 million, sustaining more than 1,000 jobs, and that there are rich opportunities for growth in this area; recognises the wealth of Glasgow’s musical culture, what it sees as its huge number of internationally successful home-grown bands and its music festivals, including Celtic Connections and the Merchant City Festival; believes that it has an unrivalled range of music venues, from large arenas such as the SSE Hydro and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to grassroots venues, including King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Òran Mór, Stereo and Mono; notes the view that, in order to safeguard the future of music venues across the city, serious consideration should be given to putting the so-called agent of change principle on a statutory footing; acknowledges the report’s conclusion that, while music tourism already makes a significant contribution to the city's economy, much more could be done to promote the its music scene both at home and abroad to boost overall tourism, and notes the view that all stakeholders should capitalise on Glasgow’s UNESCO World City of Music status and work collaboratively to maximise the enormous potential of the city's existing assets to attract more music tourists.