Live music industry unites, joins UK Music

DATE: 9 MAY 2011

UK Music is delighted to announce that the live music sector is to join our board – ensuring that, for the first time, the UK’s entire commercial music industry will be represented by one umbrella body.

The move follows the establishment of the UK Live Music Group, a coming together of the live industry’s main trade associations and representative bodies.

The members of the UK Live Music Group are:

  • AA – Agents Association
  • AFO - Association of Festival Organisers
  • AIF - Association of Independent Festivals 
  • CPA –Concert Promoters Association
  • ILMC – International Live Music Conference
  • NAA – National Arenas Association
  • PSA - Production Services Association
  • we:Live – independent venue and promoter association

The group will meet every six weeks and have nominated Paul Latham of Live Nation Entertainment to be their representative on the UK Music board.

Feargal Sharkey, chief executive of UK Music said: “This is a fantastic development for UK Music. The coming together of the UK Live Music Group is hugely significant in itself - establishing a unique and powerful voice for the sector. Having their input at board level will be a huge asset for this organisation and we hit the ground running next week, with the publication of some groundbreaking research on music tourism.”

Paul Latham, COO International Music at Live Nation Entertainment and UK Live Music Group chair said: “I think it is long overdue that live music was represented within a wider sphere and UK Music is the most appropriate forum. Too many times decisions are made at a parochial level that have far-reaching consequences for our industry. Through the voice that is UK Music we would hope to become a force for pro-active change.”

Over the last two years, UK Music has established itself as the collective voice for the UK’s commercial music industry on issues ranging from copyright, the digital economy, access to finance and skills.

According to PRS for Music research, revenues from live music in the UK rose by 9.4% in 2009 to £1.5bn. The total value of the UK music industry in 2009 was estimated at £3.9bn.

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