Cardiff Music City: First in UK

Lucy Squire

Cardiff has been officially declared a music city - the first of its kind in the UK.

This new status will help develop Cardiff’s music scene and boost the City’s international profile. Academic Subject Manger, Lucy Squire, resides as a Board Member of Cardiff Council’s Music Board.

The establishment of a Music Board was one of the key recommendations made in the Sound Diplomacy Report into music in Cardiff and is tasked with championing the city’s music scene, protecting and promoting music at grassroots and all levels, and developing Cardiff’s Music Strategy. 

Music is my life

Lucy said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the Cardiff Music Board.

“There has been a lot of discussion about Cardiff’s music strategy, which is being developed from the recent Sound Diplomacy report. A huge amount of energy exists around the subject and the Music Board is the culmination of putting all of those plans into practice. 

The Music Industry is my life; from my background, I’m aware of what the issues are and where support is needed."

Cardiff is a hugely vibrant, exciting place to be right now

From her experience in music business, Lucy became involved in supporting business start-ups with the Princes Trust and student entrepreneurial projects at USW.

“There was no formal music business qualification or degree when I was at university, and I would have loved to have had the opportunity to study it. As a discipline, it is relatively new, and so I am keen to bring the benefits of my experience to Cardiff Music Board and help bring about some positive changes.

Cardiff is going to be the first Music City in the UK – not Bristol, not Manchester, not London – and that makes it a hugely vibrant, exciting place to be right now.”