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UK Music annually hosts panel events with MPs and key industry figures at the political party conferences.

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UK Music annually hosts panel events with MPs and key figures from the industry at the political party conferences. These events give UK Music the opportunity to highlight key issues for the music industry to delegates. This is a historic record of party conference events and all job titles and positions were correct at the time of the event. 

2022

The power of music to boost health and wellbeing was discussed at the Conservative Party’s annual conference in 2022. UK Music’s event featured UK Music’s Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, Campaign Director for Music For Dementia’s Grace Meadows, MP for Clwyd South and founder of Concertina – Music for the Elderly (which provides live music in care homes and day centres across England and Wales) Simon Baynes MP, BPI’s Director of Public Affairs Sophie Jones and General Secretary of the Musician’s Union Naomi Pohl.

Pictures from the event can be seen here.

A picture of UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin listening to Grace Meadowns, Campaign Director of Music for Dementia.

UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin and Music For Dementia Campaign Director Grace Meadows discussing the Power of Music at UK Music’s Conservative Party Conference event in 2022.

Shadow Culture Secretary Lucy Powell was joined by award-winning recording engineer Olga FitzRoy, Grammy and BRIT award-winning producer Steve Levine, and Head of UNESCO City at Culture Liverpool, Kevin McManus and UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin at the UK Music Labour party conference panel.

Pictures from the event can be seen here.

This picture is of three of the speakers at the UK Music Labour conference panel event; Kevin McManus is of the left and looking at Lucy Powell, who sits in the middle and is speaking. Jamie Njoku-Goodwin is to the right of Lucy and also listening to what she is saying.

UK Music Labour Shadow DCMS Secretary Lucy Powell speaking at the UK Music Labour conference event, with Kevin McManus and Jamie Njoku-Goodwin in 2022.

2021

In 2021, the panels discussed how could music recover from the pandemic.

The line-up featured Greater Manchester Combined Authority Sacha Lord, Chief Executive of UK Hospitality Kate Nicholls OBE, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music Chair David Warburton MP, Conservative MP &  APPG for Events Theresa Villiers and Conservative MP & APPG on Music member Simon Baynes.

Pictures can be seen here.

Sacha Lord speaking at the UK Music Conservative Party Conference event.

Sacha Lord speaking at the UK Music Conservative Party Conference event.

The UK Music Labour conference panel line-up was Shadow Culture Secretary Jo Stevens MP, Festival Republic Managing Director Melvin Benn, DCMS Select Committee Member Alex Davies-Jones MP and Craig Stanley of Marshall Arts.

Pictures from the event can be seen here.

This is a picture of Shadow Culture Secretary Jo Stevens speaking at the UK Music Labour conference panel.

Shadow Culture Secretary Jo Stevens speaking at the UK Music Labour conference panel.

2019

The 2019 events focused on the discussing the challenges facing self-employed parents in the music industry.

The Liberal Democrat event featured Lord Tim Clement-Jones (Lords Spokesperson For Digital), Luciana Berger (Liberal Democrat MP and APPG on Music Vice-Chair), Judith Bunting MEP (EU CULT committee & Liberal Democrat Party Spokesperson), Olga FitzRoy (MPG Executive Director)

Pictures of the event can be seen here.

Luciana Berger speaking at the UK Music Liberal Democrat event.

At the Conservative event panel line-up of speakers included Olga FitzRoy (Coldplay & Doctor Who sound engineer), Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe (House Of Lords), Simon McVicker (Director of Policy, IPSE), chaired by UK Music CEO Michael Dugher.

Pictures from the event can be seen here.

Olga FitzRoy speaking at the UK Music Conservative Party Conference event in 2019.

Olga FitzRoy speaking at the UK Music Conservative Party Conference event in 2019.

Vicky Foxcroft MP (Shadow DCMS Minister), Tracy Brabin (#SelfieLeave Bill Sponsor), Horace Trubridge (General Secretary, Musicians’ Union) and Olga FitzRoy (Coldplay & Doctor Who sound engineer) spoke at the UK Music Labour Party event, chaired by UK Music CEO Michael Dugher,

Pictures from the event can be seen here.

Tracy Brabin speaking at the UK Music Labour party event in 2019.

2018

The 2018 events focused on the challenges of sustaining the music industries talent pipeline.

The Labour event was chaired by UK Music CEO Michael Dugher and included Steve Rotheram (Metro Mayor, Liverpool City Region), Kevin Brennan MP (Shadow Deputy DCMS Secretary), Sharon Hodgson MP (Co-chair APPG on Music), Horace Trubridge (General Secretary, Musicians’ Union) and Vanessa Reed (CEO, PRS Foundation).

Michael Dugher was joined by Baroness Sue Garden, Lord Tim Clement-Jones, Mel Thornton and Tom Gray for the panel at the Liberal Democrat conference.

At the Conservative Party Conference event Michael Dugher, Damian Collins MP, UK Music Chairman Andy Heath, Margot James MP and Julian Lloyd Webber all spoke.

2017

In 2017 the panels discussed the potential impact on the music industry of the UK leaving the European Union.

The UK Music event at the Labour Conference featured Horace Trubridge, General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union and included Sharon Hodgson MP, Co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music, Kevin Brennan MP, Shadow Deputy DCMS Secretary and Stewart Wood,  a Labour peer, and former Number Ten adviser on Culture, Media and Sport.

Christine Jardine MP (Lib Dem Shadow Secretary of State for DCMS), Jane Bonham-Carter (Lead Lib Dem Spokesperson on DCMS in the House of Lords), Tim Clement-Jones (Lib Dem Spokesperson on the Digital Economy in the House of Lords),  Councillor Jon Tolley (Kingston councilor and owner of Banquet Records) and Vick Bain, CEO of BASCA (now Ivors Academy), all spoke at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference event.

The Conservative Party Conference event panel line-up featured UK Music CEO Michael Dugher, Digital Minister Matt Hancock, Chelmsford MP Vicky Ford and CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn.

Pictures from the event can be seen here.

Matt Hancock speaking at the UK Music Conservative Party Conference event in 2017.

2015 

In 2015 the panels discussed arts, culture and creativity after the election.

The Labour Party event featured UK Music Chief Executive Jo Dipple, John Kampfner from the Creative Industries Federation, Matthew Fell from CBI, the BBC’s James Heath and Shadow DCMS Secretary Michael Dugher.

Pictures from the even can be seen here.

Michael Dugher speaking at the Labour Party event in 2015.

UK Music CEO Jo Dipple was joined by John Kampfner (CIF), Matthew Fell (CBI), David Warburton MP, Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Minister for IP), James Heath (BBC) and David Morris MP for the Conservative Party Conference event.

Pictures from the event can be seen here.

BBC’s James Heath speaking at the Conservative Party Conference event in 2015.

The Liberal Democrat event panel line-up was Jo Dipple (CEO at UK Music), Dan Wilson (BBC), Tom Thackray (CBI), Harriet Finney (CFI) and Liberal Democrat politican Baroness Bonham-Carter.

Pictures from the event can be seen here.

Jo Dipple speaking at the Liberal Democrat event in 2015.