LIVERPOOL has been declared a City of Music by UNESCO, joining a select number of cities across the globe.
UNESCO, which awarded Liverpool ‘World Heritage Site’ status in 2004, has now turned its attention to the city’s musical offering.
The City of Music status has been awarded due to music’s place at the heart of Liverpool’s contemporary culture, education and the economy – from the live music scene to tourism, music management courses and digital businesses.
It was also given to the city based on its commitment to having a clearly defined music, education and skills strategy for young people so that Liverpool can continue to produce world class talent.
Liverpool is the second city in the UK to be given the honour - Glasgow received it in 2008. The city is among one of 10 other global destinations which have also been given the title including Kingston in Jamaica and Salvador in Brazil. There are now 19 Cities of Music in total and they form part of the prestigious UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
With music being one of the main drivers for visitors to the city, the award also opens up opportunities to further market its musical heritage and, ultimately, bring more tourists to Liverpool.
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said: “Liverpool is renowned for its musical influence and this status is the ultimate, and appropriate, accolade for a city which lives and breathes music.
“I’m confident that with the support of such a globally-respected name as UNESCO, this will grow further and people will realise that it is not just about the city’s contribution to music history, but is about the exciting things happening right now.
“In the same way our Waterfront has benefited from association with UNESCO, so too will the city’s music offer.”
Tim Williams, Chair UK National Commission for UNESCO, said: “The UK National Commission for UNESCO is delighted to welcome Liverpool into the UNESCO family in the UK as a Creative City of Music. It will join the prestigious global network of UNESCO Creative Cities.”
Liverpool City Council worked with the city’s partners on the bid.