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UK Music Launches Party Conference Season With Liberal Democrat Reception

28.09.2023: UK Music launched the 2023 party conference season with an afternoon reception at Liberal Democrat Conference in Bournemouth.

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28.09.2023: UK Music launched the 2023 party conference season with an afternoon reception at Liberal Democrat Conference in Bournemouth.

The event saw a successful turnout of influential figures, including political leaders, industry insiders, and advocates for the arts.

The aim of the reception was to gain further support for UK Music’s Manifesto for Music, which lays out a strategic plan to shape the future of music at the next general election.

The evening provided an opportunity for networking and a platform to discuss and champion the five key recommendations outlined in the manifesto:

  • Invest millions more in music education and recruit and train an army of new music teachers.
  • Ensure AI supports human artistry through strong copyright standards, clear labelling and record keeping requirements, and contains protections for the personality rights of music makers.
  • Fix the European touring crisis by securing a Cultural Touring Agreement with the EU to help cut red tape and soaring costs.
  • Introduce a tax credit to encourage new UK music production.
  • Secure a fair deal for music lovers by ending rip-off secondary ticketing practices.

UK Music used the reception to give an insightful speech, highlighting the potential strength of the UK as a world-leading music industry should it get the key support it needs, particularly against a number of competing, emerging global markets.

The speeches provided an opportunity to thank the Liberal Democrat representatives in the room for all the work they do supporting the arts, particularly within the House of Lords.

Attendees included Lord Razzall, Baroness Bonham-Carter, Lord Clement-Jones, Lord Purvis of Tweed, Willie Rennie MSP, Caroline Pigeon AM, journalist John Sweeney, several council leaders from across the UK, a number of Liberal Democrat advisors and key representatives from the music industry and creative sector.

Whilst at Liberal Democrat Conference UK Music met with a number of MPs, Peers, and politicos to discuss our work in more detail. Colleagues also attended lively debates and panel sessions.

The Liberal Democrat Conference is the first of six conferences UK Music will be attending this year, with activities also planned at Conservatives (Manchester), Greens (Brighton), Plaid Cymru (Aberystwyth), Labour (Liverpool) and SNP (Aberdeen).

Read UK Music’ Manifesto For Music here

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