Music making Yorkshire millions

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Published: Tuesday 16th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Live music helped swell Yorkshire’s tourism economy by over £200 million last year, according to latest figures.

A total of 611,000 people attended a music festival or gig in the region, spending £203 million, the UK Music-commissioned research found.

The umbrella body, which acts for the music trade sector, says this figure splits into two parts. Tourists spent £116 million directly on the concerts with an additional indirect spend of £87 million.

Music tourism not only helped to support 1,597 permanent jobs on a local level, it also sustained 38,000 positions nationally.

The Oxford Economics report showed that the industry poured £3.1 billion into the national economy – more than double the £1.3 billion in 2012.

John Whittingdale, the Culture Secretary, spoke of music festivals’ “huge input” into the UK’s local economies.

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield says the latest statistics underscore the importance of central funding to the arts and music.

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Published: Tuesday 16th June 2015 by The News Editor

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