A new, unique digital map which details useful information about local live music venues has been launched by the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Music Board today, Thursday 6 October. Created in partnership with the University of Liverpool’s Music Department, the map and its data will be used to support the local music ecosystem.
The music venues map is an ongoing project, which currently includes the precise locations, capacity, and the primary functions (i.e. arena, small music venue, concert hall or festival space) of all live music venues.
The next developments to the map will be the addition of data filters and overlays to clearly illustrate useful information such as evening bus routes to and from venues, venues’ safety kite marks and also their alliances with other industry organisations and businesses.
The Liverpool City Region Music Board was set up in December 2018 as an independent, sector-led Board, appointed by the LCR Combined Authority Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, and supported by Liverpool City Council.
The LCR Music Board is responsible for creating and overseeing a strategy to grow and support the music sector and its economic and social impact on the City Region.
Speaking about the map, Lecturer in Music Industry and LCR Music Board member Dr Mathew Flynn, said: “This map has potential to benefit the local music eco-system; by hosting unique and useful data about the music venues in Liverpool and its surrounding boroughs we can better determine the value of the sector, both culturally and economically.
“The project will develop overtime, with LCR Music Board continuing to liaise with and gather intelligence from the venues; which will help the board when advocating for policy change and supporting the venues with concerns like agent of change, identifying patterns of noise complaints, and the campaign for more night-time bus routes.”
The map is developing and relies on intelligence from music venues to continue this vital work. Venues can add themselves to the map by completing the online form: https://www.lcrmusicboard.co.uk/directory/ alternatively to modify existing information simply send an email to email@example.com.
So that LCR Music Board can enhance its knowledge of the sector, they are also asking music venue owners or managers to complete this short survey: https://liverpool.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/mapping-back-better-venues-data-collection