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Manchester’s local gig scene voted best in UK 

29 March 2011

A new survey conducted by PRS for Music, the not-for-profit organisation which represents 75,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, gigs.

The survey which polled 3,000 individuals across the UK asked people if they thought that they had enough live music gigs in their local area.  The results revealed that Manchester had the greatest number of people has named the top five areas for local gigs in their area, beating London.

“I have enough local gigs in my area”

1. Manchester – 77%
2. Newcastle – 77%
3. Nottingham – 73%
4. Lancashire – 70%
5. London – 68%

On average, just 48% of respondents felt that there weren’t enough gigs, despite 71% in Derbyshire saying that they did not have enough local gigs in their area.

“I do not have enough local gigs in my area”

1. Derbyshire – 71%
2. Somerset – 65%
3. Yorkshire – 59%
4. Kent – 56%
5. Essex – 54%

Barney Hooper, spokesperson at PRS for Music said: “Local live music gigs are a great way to bring communities together and for people to discover local talent. Manchester has always been a hot contender as music capital of the UK, but we also thoroughly encourage venues in the surrounding areas, such as Derbyshire, to seek local talent and host more live gigs.”

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

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