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Portfolio: Culture

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has appointed the leader of Bolton Council, Linda Thomas, as the portfolio lead for Culture, Arts and Leisure.

Cllr Thomas will lead plans to bring communities together by encouraging residents to get involved in Greater Manchester’s thriving culture and heritage. She will also work to ensure everyone can benefit from the world-leading music, theatre and sporting venues Greater Manchester has to offer.

28 organisations are set to receive a share of £7 million investment over the next two years thanks to the Greater Manchester Culture and Social Impact Fund.

The culture and social impact fund, which is run by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), replaces and builds on the work of the AGMA run Section 48 scheme which was previously issued across Greater Manchester.

Of the 28 organisations supported, 39 per cent are not current recipients of Section 48 funding while the new culture and social impact fund has allowed for increased investment in Rochdale and Salford with a Wigan based group receiving funding for the first time.

Linda Thomas, GMCA lead for culture, arts and leisure, said: “This is fantastic for the whole of Greater Manchester and specifically for areas like Wigan, Rochdale and Salford who have been underrepresented with funding in the past.

“It is fair and proper that projects across Greater Manchester are recognised. There really are some wonderful organisations out there and we are very pleased to be able to support them.”

First-ever Greater Manchester night-time adviser unveiled


Warehouse Project and Parklife founder Sacha Lord has been unveiled as Greater Manchester’s first-ever night-time economy adviser.

Appointed by Mayor Andy Burnham, Sacha will champion Greater Manchester’s thriving nightlife and set out bold plans to ensure people on a night out can have a safe and enjoyable time. 

He will be supported by a night-time economy panel, which will comprise experts from across Greater Manchester to develop, discuss and deliver plans to develop the city-region’s nightlife, making it stronger, safer, better-connected, and an even more attractive destination.

Read more about the night-time economy advisor role here.

Radical new plans to strengthen Greater Manchester’s music scene, from established artists to up-and-coming musicians of all genres, have been revealed.

Working alongside UK Music and a panel of experts, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has set up a major review to see how the city-region’s thriving scene can be nurtured, encouraged and refreshed.

Over the next six months, voices from across the music industry will be asked share their views and experiences of Greater Manchester’s music culture as part of these exciting plans, which were unveiled at Low Four Studios part of Old Granada Studios - Allied London’s new St John’s development.

The review will look into Greater Manchester’s musical strengths, as well as where the music scene can be improved, ensuring that artists are supported to develop sustainable careers where everyone can access music in a safe and inclusive way.

UK Music will lead on the review, supported by three chairs: Inspiral Carpets legend Martyn Walsh, former Sony UK CEO Ged Doherty - who also chairs the British Phonographic Industry and the Brits, and Karen Boardman, Co-Director Crisis Management LLP.

Watch the video below to see what it means for our city-region:

GM Moving

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham has received and endorsed the four-year plan to get Greater Manchester Moving. He has committed his leadership to the ambitious plan, as part of a collaborative approach with Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and Sport England.

GM Moving is setting a new mission for everyone in Greater Manchester to become more active, securing the fastest and greatest improvement to the health, wealth and wellbeing of the 2.8 million residents in the city region.

This will be backed up by a new and stretching target, running over the next four years. The aim is to double the rate of past improvements and achieve the goal of having 75 per cent of people living in Greater Manchester active or fairly active by 2025.

July 2018: Sport England has awarded Greater Manchester £10m National Lottery funding, having chosen the region as a pilot area to make getting active even easier.

GM Moving


Sport England has awarded Greater Manchester £10m National Lottery funding, having chosen the region as a pilot area to make getting active even easier.

This huge investment to get 75% of people in Greater Manchester to move more in their daily lives was announced when the Greater Manchester Heath and Care Board met at Trafford Town Hall on Friday 13 July. Read more here.

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Councillor Linda Thomas

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