Music Matters: a Roadmap for Belfast - public consultation

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We are currently consulting on our draft ‘Music Matters – a roadmap for Belfast’. This is part of our ongoing process of consultation and engagement and your views will help us finalise the document. This draft strategy cascades from the ten-year Cultural strategy - A City Imagining, which provides an overarching strategic approach for the city and brought together several areas including tourism, culture, heritage, arts, events and festivals.

The aim of Music Matters is to support the stabilisation and post Covid-19 recovery of the music sector in Belfast whilst also delivering on the ambitions laid out in the UNESCO City of Music commitments and ensuring cultural policy is embedded into wider city development and growth. Belfast was awarded UNESCO City of Music designation in November 2021, celebrating the city’s rich musical heritage and recognising the importance of music to its future.

Our vision is to support musicians and those working in music with the development of their talent and ideas, whilst embedding music and access to it in all parts of the City. This aim is underpinned by a set of core values which will inform our actions and commitments – belonging, collaboration, fairness, inclusion and respect.


No Oil Paintings in Duke of YorkArco String Quartet
Kaidi Tathum


Our Music Matters – a roadmap for Belfast will deliver on the strategic ambitions of Council’s Cultural Strategy, as music has a central role to play in achieving these ambitions; and it will also achieve ambitions under the Belfast Agenda - our city’s first community plan. It sets a vision for 2035 that imagines a culturally vibrant city. Supported initiatives include a green policy for festivals, a visitor experience plan harnessing Belfast’s uniqueness, and a start-up programme for creative entrepreneurs, all of which complements ‘Music Matters – a roadmap for Belfast’.

During the development of our UNESCO bid and this roadmap for music we’ve listened closely to the feedback and the views from both the music sector and the wider public. We want you to know that we have heard you and that we are keen to keep this conversation going so please complete this survey below or let us know your thoughts via email belfastmusic@belfastcity.gov.uk


We are currently consulting on our draft ‘Music Matters – a roadmap for Belfast’. This is part of our ongoing process of consultation and engagement and your views will help us finalise the document. This draft strategy cascades from the ten-year Cultural strategy - A City Imagining, which provides an overarching strategic approach for the city and brought together several areas including tourism, culture, heritage, arts, events and festivals.

The aim of Music Matters is to support the stabilisation and post Covid-19 recovery of the music sector in Belfast whilst also delivering on the ambitions laid out in the UNESCO City of Music commitments and ensuring cultural policy is embedded into wider city development and growth. Belfast was awarded UNESCO City of Music designation in November 2021, celebrating the city’s rich musical heritage and recognising the importance of music to its future.

Our vision is to support musicians and those working in music with the development of their talent and ideas, whilst embedding music and access to it in all parts of the City. This aim is underpinned by a set of core values which will inform our actions and commitments – belonging, collaboration, fairness, inclusion and respect.


No Oil Paintings in Duke of YorkArco String Quartet
Kaidi Tathum


Our Music Matters – a roadmap for Belfast will deliver on the strategic ambitions of Council’s Cultural Strategy, as music has a central role to play in achieving these ambitions; and it will also achieve ambitions under the Belfast Agenda - our city’s first community plan. It sets a vision for 2035 that imagines a culturally vibrant city. Supported initiatives include a green policy for festivals, a visitor experience plan harnessing Belfast’s uniqueness, and a start-up programme for creative entrepreneurs, all of which complements ‘Music Matters – a roadmap for Belfast’.

During the development of our UNESCO bid and this roadmap for music we’ve listened closely to the feedback and the views from both the music sector and the wider public. We want you to know that we have heard you and that we are keen to keep this conversation going so please complete this survey below or let us know your thoughts via email belfastmusic@belfastcity.gov.uk


  • Your privacy and how we will use your data 

    You do not have to sign in or register on our Your Say Belfast platform to take part.  However if you are a registered user, you must sign out of Your Say Belfast account so that your response is anonymous. Please be aware, that if you are signed into Your Say Belfast, your email and site registration details can be linked to this survey.  

    Belfast City Council is the data controller under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) for any personal data gathered from this survey.  You are not asked to provide any personal data, but if you do, the personal data you provide consensually will be held and stored by the Council in a safe and secure manner and in compliance with data protection legislation and in line with the Council’s Records Retention and Disposal Schedule. 

    As part of the analysis and reporting, we may share written comments and aggregated results with partner agencies or publish summarised results (which may include your comments) in the public domain. If we do this, no personal data or personal information will be shared or disclosed.  If you are responding on behalf of a group or organisation, we may ask that you include the name of the group or organisation.  If applicable, we will seek your permission to disclose your organisation name (and any written comments) in our analysis and feedback reports.     

    If you have any queries regarding the processing of your personal data, please email policy@belfastcity.gov.uk.  If you wish to contact the Council’s Data Protection Officer, please write to Belfast City Council, City Hall, Belfast BT1 5GS or send an email to dataprotection@belfastcity.gov.uk


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