Lucy Thraves

Deputy Editor

Mayor maps London’s music spaces

9:51, 7th June 2018

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has created a map of the music facilities across London, responding to data which shows that the steady decline in the number of grassroots music venues has stabilised.

The map will be used to protect and champion the capital’s music facilities. Boroughs, developers and music operators will now be able to see the areas where musical activity is most concentrated, and where more facilities are needed.

According to a 2017 study, over the last decade London has lost almost half of its night clubs and a third of its grassroots music venues. However, the number of these venues has remained stable for nearly two years.

‘London has a great musical heritage but it’s not something we can take for granted,’ said Sadiq Khan. ‘If we don’t support our grassroots venues and fail to support facilities for emerging talent, then we’re putting the city’s position as the musical capital of the world at risk.

‘I want all boroughs, the music industry and communities to make the most of this extensive new research. This way we can help the music scene in every part of our city to flourish, nurture new talents from all backgrounds, and continue to keep London’s music scene on the map.’

The map is available here: https://maps.london.gov.uk/music-facilities/.

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