03/02/2020: Leaders from across the music industry outlined their priorities to Tracy Brabin, Labour’s spokesperson on the creative industries to ensure British music remains the envy of the world.
The roundtable event with the Shadow Culture Secretary took place today at UK Music’s offices in central London today (Monday). She succeeded former Shadow Culture Secretary Tom Watson in January.
UK Music Acting CEO Tom Kiehl hosted the event along with UK Music chairman Andy Heath. The UK Music members attending were: Paul Pacifico (AIM), Naomi Pohl (MU), Geoff Taylor (BPI), Lynne McDowell (PPL), Annabella Coldrick (MMF), Olga FitzRoy (MPG), Paul Reed (UK Live Group), David Martin (FAC), Ammo Talwar (UK Music Diversity Taskforce), and Amanda Maxwell (UK Music Futures Group).
Tracy received a presentation on UK Music’s Music By Numbers report which highlighted music’s £5.2 billion contribution to the economy. The Shadow Culture Secretary heard members’ concerns around Brexit and the impact of possible restrictions around freedom of movement on touring. UK Music has been campaigning for the introduction of a touring passport.
UK Music members highlighted the importance of ensuring that the core principles of the Copyright Directive are implemented in UK law. Members also flagged how vital the talent pipeline is to nurture future artists and highlighted the importance of the BBC to the music industry, as well as fiscal incentives to encourage investment.
Tracy Brabin MP said:
"I enjoyed it enormously and thank you for managing to get so many stakeholders to the meeting. We’ve work to do but together we’ll be a force to be reckoned with."