An invitation from Jo Ross, OCM Director

Oxford is a city with so much energy for music, so many brilliant people making wonderful things happen against the odds; there’s barely a night in the week when you couldn’t be out seeing some fantastic live music. And yet, it doesn’t feel like an easy time to be making live music happen in Oxford. More venues closing, audiences with less cash in their pockets, artists struggling to make ends meet, inequality and underrepresentation still a huge problem, changes to transport around the city… With this much will and passion, how incredible could the scene be if things were a bit less difficult?

We think that if we get together and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities, we might find some common ground and discover possibilities. How can we support each other and work together to strengthen and grow the amazing music community in Oxford? How can we harness our collective power to fight for the resources we need? Come and share your frustrations and ideas, and let’s work out what we can do, as a community, to change things for the better. 

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Access information

This event takes place in a wheelchair-accessible space. We welcome neurodivergent participants - Open Space is always a 'relaxed' event. We can provide additional support for blind and partially sighted participants. We can book BSL interpreters with minimum 2 weeks notice. For any access requests, please email [email protected]