The Sheffield City Region Music Board is launching a new service to help musicians, freelancers and other music industry professionals to access funding, training and career development opportunities.

Established in partnership with Music: Local, Music: South Yorkshire will share the latest updates from the industry including support available to industry professionals facing the challenges of the pandemic and Brexit. Artists, venue owners, technicians, teachers and other people in the industry are being invited to follow Music: South Yorkshire on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Music: South Yorkshire will help the region’s music industry recover from the impact of both the pandemic and Brexit, both of which have hit the industry hard. It will also provide a hub for those working in music in South Yorkshire to connect with each other.

Established by Mayor Dan Jarvis in 2018 the SCR Music Board is made up of local politicians, industry experts, music hubs and national organisations to shape and grow the region’s music industry. The Board works in partnership with UK Music to champion talent and support and grow South Yorkshire’s cultural economy.

Penny Blackham, Chair of the SCR Music Board, said: “With Covid and Brexit making this a worrying time for people across the industry, the Board has teamed up with Music:Local to signpost people to funding opportunities, advice and anything else that can support people working in music in South Yorkshire.

“Over the coming months our new social media channels will be sharing funding opportunities, mentoring schemes and conferences. We’ll be sharing the latest updates on Brexit and how that may impact touring, including what support is available. And, of course, we’ll be celebrating artists successes and sharing good news from the industry.

“This year has been incredibly difficult for the music industry but our cultural sector will play a huge part in our society and economy’s recovery from the impact of Covid. Music: South Yorkshire will help give industry professionals the support they need to survive and thrive as in the wake of the pandemic.”

Kate Brindley, Director for Arts, Culture and Heritage at the Sheffield City Region, (pictured) said: “We are delighted to be working with Music:Local, who support similar initiatives in Leeds and Bradford, to launch our new Music: South Yorkshire channels. It’s fantastic to see mutual support for the industry across the regions.

“We are committed to working with the cultural and creative industries to both aid recovery of our venues, events and businesses and to build back better and grow an industry which is more inclusive and diverse.

“I’d like to thank the Music Board and its Chair Penny for all their hard work in establishing Music: South Yorkshire and hope industry professionals across South Yorkshire reap the benefits of this new source for information.”