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Star backing for music manifesto
Mull Historical Society
Colin McIntyre of Mull Historical Society supports the initiative
Rock bands and ministers have given their support to a new manifesto promoting Scottish music.

Acts including Idlewild, Mull Historical Society and My Latest Novel have endorsed the initiative to provide greater support for talent.

The manifesto has been drawn up by the Cross-Party Group on Scottish Contemporary Music at Holyrood.

The manifesto was officially launched at an event in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday evening.

Labour backbench MSP Pauline McNeill has been leading the group, which comprises musicians, industry figures and politicians.

The aim has been to press government for more direct funding for the industry in Scotland as part of the drive to make the country a major player on the word stage.

Supporters include Colin McIntyre of Mull Historical Society and rising stars My Latest Novel from Greenock, as well as Scots rockers Idlewild.

It enables the Scottish Parliament to have a better understanding of the needs and issues facing the industry and also the strength of the industry and its importance to the economy in Scotland
Geoff Ellis
DF Concerts

Ms McNeill, MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, said: "We simply want to remind decision-makers that we have the talent in Scotland and the range of expert businesses necessary to show the world that this country is a major international force in music and the creative arts."

The MSP has been backed by Geoff Ellis, chief executive of DF Concerts, which runs King Tut's music venue in Glasgow and the T in the Park festival.

He said: "It enables the Scottish Parliament to have a better understanding of the needs and issues facing the industry and also the strength of the industry and its importance to the economy in Scotland."

First Minister Jack McConnell and Culture Minister Patricia Ferguson were among the guests expected at the manifesto launch in the Scottish Parliament.

Holyrood held its first debate on pop, rock and indie music earlier this year and Ms McNeill called for a development agency similar to the Welsh Music Foundation.


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