UK Music offers its deepest sympathies and condolences to all those affected by the devastating attack on the Manchester Arena last night.
The incident, a suspected suicide bomb attack, has left more than 20 people dead – including children – and dozens injured as they attended a concert by Ariana Grande.
UK Music chief executive Michael Dugher said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this horrific attack. It is even more distressing that children and teenagers have been targeted.
“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our brave emergency services and the venue staff. We know venues take security very seriously and do all they can to minimise risks, including training staff how to deal with major incidents. As a result of police investigations there will no doubt be a further review of these measures.
“Music has the power to bring people together and is so often a celebration of peace and love. We will not let terrorism and the politics of violence, hatred and division conquer that spirit.”