UK Live Music Group has appointed MD of the International Live Music Conference, Greg Parmley, as its new chair. Parmley will be replacing outgoing chair Paul Latham, COO of Live Nation.
“UK Live has achieved an enormous amount under Paul’s watch, and while his are some extremely big shoes to fill, I’m excited to be taking the group forward.” Parmley said. “With live music’s role in the wider music value chain more significant than ever, and issues from Brexit to secondary ticketing on the table, there’s a lot to do in the coming months.”
Parmley’s responsibilities include campaigning alongside the Music Venue Trust to achieve the introduction of the "agent for change” principle in England, Wales and Scotland to stop music venues from closing down. He will also be organising the UK live music industry’s response to Brexit, and responding to developments in the secondary ticketing market and supporting initiatives to improve accessibility at live events, securing industry agreed positions in all these areas. Parmley will contribute data and analysis for UK Music’s headline reports on music tourism and the economic value of the music industry.
The UK Live Music Group holds meetings every six weeks and is represented on UK Music’s board, as well as contributing to UK Music’s policy development and drawing together all the component parts of the UK’s live music industry.
The UK Live Music Group is attended by and receives contributions from the MU, MMF, BPI and the PRS for Music Foundation. Paul Fenn (Asgard Agency) and Rob Challice (Coda Agency) act as deputy chairs of the group.
UK Music CEO, Michael Dugher, said: “Greg is someone who commands huge respect in the live music industry. He is the ideal person to take on the mantle from Paul Latham and ensure the UK Live Music Group continues to develop a proactive agenda and deliver real results for the sector.” He added: “I want to thank Paul Latham for his immense contribution and achievements, as well as in bringing the Group together in the first place. Live music contributes around £1 billion to the British economy and it is a fast growing sector. It provides opportunities and a livelihood for so many people, not just artists and musicians, but everyone else who works in the sector. Helped by Greg’s leadership, UK Music will continue to provide a strong, high profile voice for live music.”