UK Music chief meets politicians and industry leaders in Scotland

UK Music chief executive Michael Dugher with Nick Stewart, owner of Edinburgh music venue Sneaky Pete’s

30/06/2017: UK Music chief executive Michael Dugher in Edinburgh for talks over the challenges and opportunities for the music industry

Michael Dugher met senior Scottish politicians and officials, as well as industry leaders for talks about the future of the music industry.

UK Music’s chief executive met Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, and creative industries officials at Holyrood.

The talks centred on UK Music’s upcoming Wish You Were Here Report, Scotland’s Youth Music initiative and Brexit priorities for the creative industries and tourism.

Other discussion areas included the copyright value gap, key aspects of the proposed EU copyright directive, agent of change, venue issues, the work of the Scottish Creative Industries Advisory Group and development of a cultural strategy for Scotland.

Michael also met Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland, for talks about funding and expenditure on music in Scotland and the differences between Glasgow and Edinburgh when it came to the provision of live music.
The pair agreed that more support for Scottish music exports should be a greater priority and talked about Creative Scotland’s work around diversity and moves to expand UK Music’s provision of rehearsal rooms.

Keen to hear about the challenges facing venues, Michael met Nick Stewart, owner of Edinburgh venue Sneaky Pete’s.  They discussed Nick’s work to get rid of Edinburgh’s “audibility clause” – a city council licensing move to cut noise levels that has had an impact on many venues.

Doug Perman, chair of the Scottish Music Industry Association, joined Michael to discuss greater collaboration with UK Music.

Michael said: “Scotland is a key part of the UK’s diverse music scene.  “It was fantastic to meet so many of the key players and talk about the future of our industry and how we can tackle the challenges we face.”

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