Thursday 26th September was a landmark day for Folkestone as it celebrated its new pioneering status as the UK’s first Music Town – an accolade that means the district has formally recognised music as an asset of value capable of boosting economic growth, tourism, and health and wellbeing.
Following in the footsteps of London and New Orleans (both Music Cities), this ambitious project has been spearheaded by local company, Found In Music, but has had huge support from the Town Council, Folkestone & Hythe District Council (FHDC), local musicians, music fans, residents and local businesses.
Driven by Found In Music’s Chief Executive and internationally renowned expert, Dr Julia Jones (aka Dr Rock), Folkestone Music Town’s launch coincided with BBC Music Day – a UK wide, annual celebration of the power of music to change lives, itself with two thousand events across the UK and a hundred broadcasts on TV, Radio and Digital.
The Folkestone Music Town launch event was celebrated by hundreds of local people in the town centre and saw local artists and community music groups perform and over the next four days there are over 20 events (see here)
Folkestone will now have a music board to coordinate strategies and initiatives, including looking at how to introduce a busking code of conduct in the town.
You can read more about Folkestone Music Town in Julia Jones’s blog