Glasgow UNESCO City Of Music SUPPORT RESONATE

Resonate are proud to announce our support from Glasgow UNESCO City Of Music.


- Glasgow UNESCO City of Music is a superb accolade for the city, how has the city changed in the past 10 year’s since it was awarded? 

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that are placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.

Our bid to become a City of Music in 2008 was supported by the UK Prime Minister, Scotland’s First Minister, the Lord Provost of Glasgow and figures from the music world such as Franz Ferdinand, Tommy Smith, Nicola Benedetti and many other leading creative figures.

It entitles the city to use the designation locally, nationally and internationally, to benefit all involved in music of any genre and at any level in the city - from professionals and academic institutions, the commercial music industry, the amateur and community sectors, and audiences from seasoned gig-goers to the very young experiencing music for the first time.

The designation is managed on behalf of Glasgow City Council by Glasgow Life - we also manage Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Old Fruitmarket, Tramway, City Halls, Celtic Connections festival, and the Kelvingrove Bandstand. 


- Glasgow UNESCO City of Music is a superb accolade for the city, how has the city changed in the past 10 year’s since it was awarded? - How would you compare Glasgow’s musical landscape to other top UK’s cities? - What makes Glasgow such a joyful and vibrant city both musically & culturally?

In many ways the music sector in Glasgow has continued to thrive and punch above its weight compared to most other UK and many international cities. While favourites venues like the Barrowlands, Sub Club,  and King Tut’s continue to go from strength to strength and celebrate various milestone anniversaries, we’ve also had the benefit of great new venues and spaces opening up, from The Hydro, Kelvingrove Bandstand and SWG3’s spaces to Glad Café, Broadcast, Blue Arrow and Hug & Pint, - as well as much-needed rehearsal and performance space for classical orchestras like the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall’s New Auditorium, now the home of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. At the same time we’ve sadly lost unique and much-loved live venues like the Arches and ABC. Celtic Connections has reached its 25th year and beyond, and diverse new events and festivals like Tenement Trail, TRNSMT and Stag & Dagger have been created and added to the scene. Glasgow’s music scene retains a distinctive, creative, independent character and perhaps that is why so many wildly different bands are formed here, and so many musicians and artists come from the city, have studied here, or have at some point called the city home - Chvrches, Twin Atlantic,  Mogwai, Ela Orleans, Mungo’s HiFi, Hector Bizerk, Konx-Om-Pax,C Duncan…Internationally, musicians and artists from around the world still rate the Glasgow audience as the best in the world.


- Resonate are so happy to have the support of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music for the second year in a row, how important do you rate these kind of events for the music community in Scotland?

Events like Resonate are a vital forum for the music community to come together and share experience, challenges and opportunities, and to collectively help garner the recognition they deserve for the huge contribution that music makes to the city’s economy, to the vibrancy and quality of life for everyone living and visiting Glasgow, and to the city’s – and Scotland’s - international profile and reputation.

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Susan Montgomery