Last week,хЪConor led a debate in the House of Commons on the contribution of music to the UK economy ‰лв which totalled хЃ4.4 billion last year alone.
The number of people employed across the industry grew last year by 19% to more than 140,000, and despite the uncertainty over Brexit, the music business generated export revenues of хЃ2.5 billion in 2016.
Here in St Helens, 25,500 people attended live music events in 2016, generating a box office spend of хЃ1.2 million.\n

St Helens is also recognised by the Arts Council as a UK leader in arts and culture and despite huge cuts to its budget, the Council has committed to providing whole-class first access to instrumental programmes for key stage 2 children.
St HelensхЪalso fortunate to have fantastic venues like the Citadel and the hugely successful Westfield Street and Reminisce festivals, which are adding to those impressive figures.
But the Government must do more to support young musicians and underfunded music such as brass and silver bands, like the excellent Haydock, Valley and Rainford bands that are truly the lifeblood of communities in St Helens.


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