Music Heritage UK is a charity which exists to promote, protect and preserve the UK's popular music heritage.
We do this by:
- Opening up access to popular musical heritage on and offline.
- Ensuring that the future of popular musical heritage is secure - helping small music venues by acting as a focal point for campaigns and supporting them to find alternative business models.
- Engaging with stakeholders in Government, the music industry, and other charities to ensure that the regulatory framework is beneficial for those supporting both our nation's past musical heritage and our future musical heritage.
We are a charity company limited by guarantee (Registered in England & Wales, Company No. 7825875). Our charity is a not-for-profit organisation recognised as charitable by HMRC for tax purposes.
Who we are:Chief Executive
Chris Basiurski (Chair)
Podcast Producer & Presenter
Who we've worked with:
- UK Music - we worked closely with them on their report 'Imagine. The Potential for music heritage tourism' released in 2014.
- Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association – we created a bespoke poster on the influence of Buddy Holly on UK acts for their #Buddy80 celebrations in October 2016 which run until March 2017.
- Save Denmark Street – our chief executive James Ketchell is a member of the Save Denmark Street campaign team and is documentary consultant for the soon to be released film, 'Tin Pan Alley Tales' (Directed and produced by Henry Scott-Irvine of Save Denmark Street campaign).
- HSTRY – we worked in partnership with the tech-ed start-up for our social media re-enactment of the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park in 2013.
– we're a founding partner of the day which celebrates the work of charities around the world
– we're a Member of the stakeholder group of tour guides, attractions and museums who have an interest in music tourism.
What we do:
We exist to promote musical heritage on a local and national level, both on and off line. This includes:
- Our podcast series 'London Calling' which explores the lesser-known parts of the capital's popular music heritage borough by borough;
- Our 'What's On' guide which highlights the exhibitions which celebrate our popular music heritage;
- Our work with UK Music on their report exploring the potential for music heritage tourism;
- The museum directory of all permanent music heritage museums and exhibits around the world.
We campaign to protect our nation's popular music heritage, and our future music heritage. We do this by:
- Campaiging to protect iconic music venues, historic nightclubs, and for a greater recognition of our popular music heritage;
- Using the media to highlight when our popular music heritage is under threat;
- Releasing 'Special Report' podcasts which cover pressing issues and campaigns;
- Supporting campaigns through hosting events, including charity concerts and art exhibitions.
- Our online gallery which aims to bring together curated collections of music memorabilia for an online audience;
- A re-enactment of the Rolling Stones' famous Hyde Park concert of 1969 on twitter in real time in 2013 (with partners Hstry);
- The UK's popular music timeline on facebook (...going back right to the start in 1959!)
- Our blog where we explore the issues, as well as the organisations and people supporting music heritage;
- Our playlists which provide a sonic companion to our work and campaigns;
- Our online Music Maps which chart our popular music history.
- A presence across other web platforms to share our popular music heritage, such as Pinterest and Instagram
We're working on a range of exciting projects and need your support to help make them happen! Find out more about our plans to create the definitive online record of our popular music heritage, Music Map UK.