UK Music looks forward to panel at Labour Party Autumn Conference

The event will take place on September 24 from 12:45 to 2pm at the Albert Suite 3, Hilton Hotel, Liverpool

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19/09/18: UK Music has lined up a fantastic panel to discuss our keynote theme this year of the talent pipeline at the Labour Party Autumn Conference.

Our panel at last year's Labour conference: (L-R) Sharon Hodgson MP, Horace Trubridge (MU), Kevin Brennan MP and Lord Stewart Wood

Our panel line-up in Liverpool will be Steve Rotheram (Metro Mayor, Liverpool City Region), Kevin Brennan MP (Shadow Deputy DCMS Secretary), Sharon Hodgson MP (Co-chair APPG on Music), Horace Trubridge (General Secretary, Musicians’ Union) and Vanessa Reed (CEO, PRS Foundation).

The event will take place on Monday September 24 from 12:45 to 2pm at the Albert Suite 3, Hilton Hotel, Liverpool. 

This is outside the secure zone, so there is no need for a pass to access the event.

Our event is focused on our new talent pipeline report. The report outlines how we are a nation that has a natural musical talent with education, infrastructure and finance all playing an important role in unlocking careers. However, real obstacles in each of these areas do exist. Evidence in research suggests there is an overall decline in music in education.

According to a recent UK Music survey 17 per cent of music creators were educated at fee-paying schools, compared with 7 per cent across the population as a whole. This matters because 50 per cent of children at independent schools receive sustained music tuition, while the figure for state schools is a mere 15 per cent.

On venues, 35 per cent of music venues have closed in the past decade, significantly reducing the chances for up and coming musicians to develop their skills in front of audiences and grow fan bases. On access to finance to pursue a career in music, UK Music‘s recent survey of music creators also revealed that 46 per cent received financial help from family and friends at some point in the development of their professional career.

Google’s YouTube needs to do fairer deals. At present, creators can expect to receive as little as £0.00054 per stream from the service.

These are just a few snapshots of the challenges creating a blockage in the music industry talent pipeline. This report focuses on creative talent yet the recommendations put forward will contribute to the development of the workforce as a whole.

You can read the full report here.

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