UK Music members host International Trade Committee chief Angus MacNeil for round-table

We had lunch with the MP with a group of our members on Wednesday

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23/05/2018: UK Music hosted Angus MacNeil MP, Chair of the House of Commons International Trade Select Committee at a round-table discussion with UK Music members on Wednesday.

L-R Lucie Caswell, Rob Challice, Annabella Coldrick, Cameron Craig, Paul Pacifico, Tom Kiehl, Michael Dugher, Angus MacNeil MP, Peter Leathem, Andy Heath, Naomi Pohl, Ian Moss, Jackie Alway, Scott Walker 

The event at UK Music HQ in Whitehall was the fourth in our series of lunches with Select Committees chairs following previous sessions with Hilary Benn MP (Chair, House of Commons Exiting the EU Select Committee), Rachel Reeves MP (Chair, House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee) and Damian Collins (Chair, House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee).

It was attended by Lucie Caswell (FAC, Rob Challice (UK Live Group), Annabella Coldrick (MMF), Cameron Craig (MPG), Paul Pacifico (AIM), UK Music Head of Policy Tom Kiehl, UK Music CEO Michael Dugher, Angus MacNeil MP, PPL's Peter Leathem, UK Music Chairman Andy Heath, Naomi Pohl from the MU, Ian Moss (BPI), Jackie Alway (MPA) and Scott Walker (PRS).

Angus received presentations from UK Music members PPL, PRS for Music, AIM and BPI on their international trade work. This includes collecting millions of pounds in royalties every year from overseas territories for creators and music businesses, participation in trade missions and showcase events and campaigning for improved copyright law across the world.

In addition, Angus also heard concerns expressed by the MMF, FAC, MU and UK Live Music Group on the impact of Brexit on international touring.

The music industry has been campaigning for the introduction of a touring passport in the event of new restrictions on freedom of movement of people.

There are also concerns amongst the industry about the possible introduction of a carnet system for transporting physical goods, such as merchandise and instruments, across borders once the UK leaves the EU.

MPG and MPA Chair Jackie Alway highlighted the work of the government-industry partnership the Creative Industries Council, which spearheaded the recent sector deal and announced the formation of a Creative Industries Trade and Investment Board.

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