04.08.2022: UK Music has written to Conservative leadership contenders Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak – and urged them to support six key pledges to help drive jobs and growth in the music industry.
The move comes as the contest enters its final stages with a further televised debate between the pair due to take place tonight (Thursday) – a month before the vote of Conservative members is revealed on September 5 when the new Tory leader and Prime Minister will be crowned.
UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin spells the six pledges in his letter to the two hopefuls. The music industry believes the proposals will help the sector continue its post-Covid recovery and help boost the UK economy and exports.
The six pledges are:
- retaining a “global gold standard” for copyright protection
- cutting the red tape facing UK musicians and crew touring the EU
- supporting UK music globally by boosting the funding for export schemes
- creating a fiscal incentive to encourage new music production
- reducing the tax burden on music industry businesses
- protecting the talent pipeline and securing the future of music education
UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin says:
“The UK Music industry is a key national asset that generates huge social, economic and reputational benefits for the UK and is a source of pride and joy for millions across our country.
“We must protect it and make the most of our international success and world-leading status. However, the global music industry is an increasingly competitive one, with countries like South Korea investing heavily in their culture – and without similar investment we risk falling behind.
“We need to work in partnership with government to ensure the UK music industry continues to lead the world stage.”
UK Music’s Chief Executive concludes his letter saying: “Music matters to millions of people across our country.
“Many of them will be voting in this leadership election, and would welcome clarity from you and your campaign on how you will support our industry and make the UK the best place in the world to create, produce, perform and enjoy music.
“I look forward to hearing from you, and the very best of luck with your campaign.”
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