A snapshot of Sheffield's music sector

A snapshot of Sheffield's music sector reveals that Sheffield has the potential to be the UK's leading Music City.

Dan Sumption
Dan Sumption

Sheffield positioned as one of the UK's leading Music Cities

A snapshot of Sheffield's music sector reveals that Sheffield has the potential to be the UK's leading Music City.

Building on Sheffield's famous musical heritage, the report outlines how Sheffield is a leading Music City with 788 organisations active in the music sector, 465 active bands, 70 rehearsal rooms and innovation across all music genres – including electronic, folk, free noise and rock. The report audits data from across South Yorkshire, as well as incorporating in-depth interviews with key leaders from across Sheffield's music scene.

The report was compiled and written by Sheffield's Sensoria Festival

Key findings

  • New report gives first ever snapshot of Sheffield's thriving music sector.
  • Sheffield boasts 465 active bands, 65 recording studios and 69 venues.
  • Report recommends further collaboration to catapult Sheffield's talent pool into professional careers.
  • The term 'Music Cities' was first coined by Music Canada. The international organisation researched cities across the world and identified a basic framework of elements that apply to Music Cities, based on the quality of artists, spaces, engaged audiences and music-related businesses.

Recommendations include:

  • More availability of mid-sized music venues.
  • Collaborative campaigns to promote all aspects of Sheffield’s music scene.
  • More support for the production sector – increasing the industry's economic impact.

We know that Sheffield has a rich music history and an outstanding music scene – that's why Sensoria gets better each and every year. This report gives us the full music industry snapshot for the first time and shows how Sheffield is well-positioned to be the UK's leading Music City.


Report: Music (PDF, 2.8MB)

Article: UK 'Music City'