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Greater Manchester Music Commission

I am delighted to announce that I have been appointed to the Greater Manchester Music Commission established by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham to support the music industry across the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

I’ll be joining an incredible group of people making change for our region and promoting Greater Manchester music nationally and internationally.

Together we will form the inaugural line-up of the Greater Manchester Music Commission by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA). The group has representation from across Greater Manchester and will link with existing groups from across the city-region, including the Manchester Music Cities group and the Salford Music Creative Cluster.

The role of the Commission will be to:

Identify opportunities to develop talent and audiences within the Greater Manchester music ecology, as well as its prominence, reputation, and success both nationally and internationally.

Identify areas requiring intervention.

Prioritise these opportunities and challenges within the local context.

Develop specific actions, interventions, and programmes to present to GMCA.

Provide oversight of StreamGM, the not-for-profit ethical streaming service designed to provide a global platform for Greater Manchester talent.

Investigate ways to promote music from Greater Manchester around the world, including investigation of the feasibility of a major music industry event in Greater Manchester.

More information about the Commission can be found here:


By kirstyfairclough

Kirsty Fairclough is Reader in Screen Studies at the School of Digital Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University and Chair of Manchester Jazz Festival.

She has published widely on popular culture and am the co-editor of The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop (Routledge), The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (Bloomsbury) and Music/Video: Forms, Aesthetics, Media. New York, (Bloomsbury) and author of the forthcoming Beyoncé: Celebrity Feminism and Popular Culture (I.B Tauris) and co-author of American Cinema: A Contemporary Introduction (Palgrave).

Her work has been published in Senses of Cinema, Feminist Media Studies, SERIES and Celebrity Studies journals and she has made several television and radio appearances.

Kirsty has lectured internationally on popular culture, feminism and representations of women most notably at The Royal College of Music, Stockholm, The University of Copenhagen, Second City, Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Middle Tennessee State University, Unisinos Brazil and Bucknell University, Pennsylvania.

She has significant experience in international partnership development, particularly in North America and developed the Salford Popular Culture Conference series with international partner universities, including I’ll See You Again in 25 Years, Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult Television: A Two Day International Conference (University of Salford, May 2015) and Mad Men: The Conference (Middle Tennessee State University, May 2016) and Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince, a three day international academic conference hosted by the School of Arts and Media, University of Salford, UK and the Department of Recording Industry, Middle Tennessee State University, USA.

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