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Cross-Party Group Of Parliamentarians Launch Inquiry Into AI and The Music Industry

At a meeting hosted in Parliament, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Music launched an inquiry into artificial intelligence and the music industry. 

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25.01.24: At a meeting hosted in Parliament, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Music launched an inquiry into artificial intelligence and the music industry. 

The APPG on Music inquiry will highlight how AI is being used by the industry and where legislation might be needed to support the sector.  

This follows work undertaken by the music industry to look at the impact of AI on the sector, including UK Music establishing its five key principles. 

The inquiry will bring together experts from music, AI, and copyright to answer questions from the APPG and will look at international approaches to the topic and artists who are using AI as a creative aid. The group also said they would welcome a demo to see AI in action.  

A report will bring together the inquiry findings and include a thematic analysis of the topics discussed in the sessions, as well as practical and legislative suggestions for AI. 

This inquiry follows the success of the 2022 APPG on Music inquiry in to touring in the EU (here), which helped the group highlight concerns from the music industry and offered practical solutions for government. The report and its recommendations continue to be highlighted to government including in a DCMS Select Committee session last year. 

At the meeting on Tuesday January 23 the group also elected the four officers required under the new rules for all APPGs, which come in to force from 31st March 2024.

The four officers are:  

  • Chair: Kevin Brennan Labour MP for Cardiff West 
  • Vice-chair: Pete Wishart SNP MP for Perth and North Perthshire MP 
  • Vice-chair: Dehenna Davison, Conservative MP for Bishop Auckland  
  • Vice-chair: Alex Sobel, Labour MP for Leeds North West 

The group agreed that Lord Clement-Jones would act as the APPG on Music spokesperson for the House of Lords.  

The APPG is also working with UK Music to identify members to act as leads on key sections of the UK Music manifesto.

The APPG on music exists to provide a discussion forum between the music industry and parliamentarians, by bringing together Lords and MPs from across the party-political divide. UK Music act as the secretariat for the group.

There is more information on the APPG on Music available here.

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