Back again for the Manchester Culture Awards

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We’re buzzing to have bagged finalist spots for two Manchester Culture Awards 2022, for the Promotion of Talent and Leadership and Promotion of Health and Wellbeing categories.

Back again for the Manchester Culture Awards
22nd November 2022

We’re buzzing to have bagged finalist spots for two Manchester Culture Awards 2022, for the Promotion of Talent and Leadership and Promotion of Health and Wellbeing categories.

We’re buzzing to have bagged finalist spots for two Manchester Culture Awards 2022, for the Promotion of Talent and Leadership and Promotion of Health and Wellbeing categories.

Launched in 2018 by Manchester City Council, the Awards are an annual celebration and showcase of music, art, theatre, literature, photography and more across the region.

Following our previous win in 2019 for the Promotion of Talent and Leadership category, we’re back to claim it once again. This time in recognition of our Both Sides Now Leadership Programme.

Building on the success and impact of our gender equality work, this programme has provided 120 leadership development opportunities for women and people of marginalised genders working in music. This included business start-up training for innovators and entrepreneurs, work placements with industry partners and management training focused on authentic leadership styles.

Part of Arts Council’s Transforming Leadership fund, we’re thrilled to have supported emerging women leaders to develop resilience, improve confidence and influence change in the music industry.

“As someone who hasn’t previously thought of themselves as a leader I found this programme to be transformational in enabling me to cultivate an understanding and portrayal of leadership that is personal and authentic. It has improved my confidence massively and helped me to trust my instinct and intuition in the decisions that I make now and for the future.” – Participant, Both Sides Now Leaders Network

This year we’re sharing our anticipation for the Promotion of Health and Wellbeing category with SICK! Festival, who we worked with to develop Soundpaths. Soundpaths is a mobile app that takes users on a sonic journey through North Manchester, with a soundtrack that changes as you move along the route.

Designed to boost physical and mental wellbeing, composer Yoni Collier worked with local artists and communities to record the hums of nature and the urban landscape, incorporating them into his music, and allowing users to experience the area in a whole new way.

“A voice tells me that the community here is a strong one – neighbours get on well, they take out the bins, help with the shopping, provide care. The voice tells me that this is not the place of its past and is certainly not what the newspapers say it is. Although I’m a stranger here I can’t help but agree.” – James Zatka-Haas, Disability Arts Online

On a slightly separate note, we’re pure gassed for our good mate and inspirational music creative Phill Howley who’s bagged himself a well earned shortlist for Independent Creative of the Year – we’re rooting for you Phill!


Keep an eye on the hashtag #MCRCultureAwards on social media this Thursday 24 November to find out who wins.