Do you write, make, perform or present music? Do you work in music, teach music, manage a venue, a band, a festival or a label? However you’re involved, it’s time to make your voice heard.

hcmf// has been involved in some early discussions with other music organisations about how we can build a world-class music offer that contributes to the identity, economy and communities of Kirklees – and it’s now time to hear ideas and insights from the full range of individuals, groups and organisations working across the whole music spectrum around the district.

We also want to hear how you could be part of Kirklees’ Year of Music celebrations in 2023 planned to take place across the whole district, coinciding with the City of Culture events in the Leeds City Region.

To get involved, come along to one of the consultation sessions taking place on:

11 June at the University of Huddersfield, Oastler Building, room OA7/31,9am – 1.15pm

18 June at Dewsbury Town Hall, 9am – 1.15pm

Book your place at

Huddersfield: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-class-music-in-kirklees-consultation-session-huddersfield-tickets-62039231010

Dewsbury: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-class-music-in-kirklees-consultation-session-dewsbury-tickets-62320678828

If you can’t make it to one of the sessions, you can still take part by completing an online survey at https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=155855714520

Along with updates on projects and developments to date, discussions at the consultation events will be shaped by some of the key themes that have emerged so far, including:

  • Building sustainable leadership, strategic partnerships and a focus for advocacy for the music sector in Kirklees
  • Creating and managing active and engaged music networks and communities
  • Developing a strong and safe night time economy
  • Enhancing Kirklees tourism offer and attracting visitors through festivals and music events
  • Ensuring that Kirklees has a world class music education provision that’s widely accessible to all ages
  • Putting music at the heart of the wellbeing of our communities
  • Creating the tools and platforms to communicate Kirklees’ music offer to the world
  • Establishing a strong sense of place through our music

We hope you’ll be able to get involved in shaping the future of creating, presenting, teaching and working in music, as well as enhancing the role that music plays in people’s lives, leisure and wellbeing. With Year of Music 2023 as an additional focal point, this is an exciting time for both celebrating the rich music heritage of Kirklees and working together for a bright future.

Kirklees Council Music Policy can be viewed at: https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/arts-help-and-advice/pdf/music-policy-with-reports.pdf