Our Mission

Mission Statement 2021

Inner City Music celebrates music and its power to engage, inspire and unify. In our venue Band on the Wall and through our wider programmes and activities, we enable all people to discover, explore, enjoy, and participate in the best music from around the world.

We will:

  • Promote and celebrate the best music of many cultures, particularly showcasing jazz, folk, reggae, soul, latin, afro, funk, blues and other traditional music from across the world.

  • Manage and operate the iconic live music venue Band on the Wall; maintaining its local, national and international reputation as a centre of excellence and innovation through our world-class artistic programmes which celebrate music from across the globe, and through our commitment to support and develop the best of emerging local talent.

  • Serve our local communities and musicians by delivering learning programmes that integrate our artistic programmes. These will be open to people of all ages and backgrounds in a mission to establish Band on The Wall as a central space for all the city’s communities to learn about the multiple music heritages of the city.

  • Champion cultural diversity and promote equality by proactively seeking to reflect our communities in our programmes, participants, audiences, workforce and governance.

  • Remove physical and psychological barriers to access by providing the best possible facilities and environment for D/deaf and disabled people and seeking feedback to inform ongoing evaluation and improvement in this area.

  • Improve public knowledge of the rich musical heritage of Band on the Wall and its importance to the social and cultural history of Manchester by providing access to our extensive archive and committing to its ongoing development.

arts infrastructure of Manchester, the region and the rest of the UK.

  • To provide an integrated education programme, developing a centre for community music for people of all ages but including specific programmes for young people, and to fill identifiable gaps in such provision in Greater Manchester.
  • To remove physical and psychological barriers to access, particularly through the provision of the best possible facilities and environment for disabled people, whether members of the audience, artists, staff or students.
  • To support cultural diversity in its widest sense, in particular by presenting programmes and developing new audiences which reflect the diversity of people within the city, the region and the UK.
  • To embrace new technologies, new modes of expression, and integrate events that combine music with other art-forms into the core programme.
  • To improve knowledge of and access to our rich musical heritage; to conserve and enhance Band on the Wall as a music venue and encourage public awareness of the building’s importance to the social and cultural history of Manchester.
  • To contribute to and benefit from the regeneration and cultural animation and increasing international profile of the Northern Quarter, the city and the region.
  • To provide a secure financial and operational long-term framework for the organisation and its activities.
  • To expand and develop the activities of Inner City Music beyond the boundaries of the physical venue; by developing partnerships with complementary organisations, exploiting commercial opportunities by providing our specialist expertise to other companies and agencies, and developing new opportunities as and when they arise.