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Glasgow, UNESCO City of Music

Glasgow was named UNESCO City of Music in August 2008, making it the second Scottish city to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

The title recognises Glasgow’s musical riches, the vibrancy of its music scene and its role as a world player in music. Glasgow’s music scene spans many genres, including both their production and performance. In preparing its bid for UNESCO status, Glasgow counted an average of 130 music events a week ranging from pop and rock to Celtic music and opera. Whether it is contemporary, classical, Celtic or Country, Glasgow has some of the most famous music venues in the UK and a thriving music industry. It also has some of the most recognised qualifications in higher education in music.

The UNESCO City of Music status opens opportunities for Glasgow to enhance its music world further through partnerships, initiatives and international cooperation with other creative cities. It is estimated that music businesses generate some £75 million a year for its economy.

The aim of Glasgow City of Music is to:

  • create further musical opportunities for Glaswegians, both as participants and audiences
  • unite the various areas of musical interest to work together towards common goals
  • provide coherent and comprehensive information about Glasgow’s musical life
  • enhance and promote the image of Glasgow as a vibrant part of the Creative Cities Network

Visit the Glasgow City of Music website to find out more about what’s happening in one of the world’s great music centres.



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