UK Music calls on political parties to deliver for music industry at General Election

As General Election is called, UK Music identifies the key areas for action in its industrial strategy green paper response

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18/4/2017 London, UK: UK Music is calling on all political parties to deliver an industrial strategy which works for the music industry throughout the forthcoming General Election campaign and in the next Parliament.

Prime Minister Theresa May today announced her intention to call a General Election on June 8.

UK Music, the umbrella body for the commercial music industry, is urging all parties to ensure the UK is in the best possible position to develop and grow the creative sector. The music industry contributes £4.1 billion in GVA to the economy, accounts for £2.2 billion in exports and employs almost 120,000 people.

Five key priorities are set out in UK Music’s response to the Government’s industrial strategy green paper which was published today following a three-month consultation period.

These five areas are:

(1) Intellectual property
(2) Skills and education
(3) Finance and investment
(4) International action
(5) Regional development

The formal response by UK Music says these priorities “need to be addressed to ensure the UK remains an attractive place for a talented and creative music industry”.

“Supporting these priorities will in turn enable the Government’s overarching objectives for industrial strategy to be realised,” the submission adds.

The full response can be accessed here

UK Music is also engaging with the Creative Industries Council, Creative Industries Federation and Sir Peter Bazalgette’s independent review, to inform their work which is aiming to achieve a sector deal for the creative industries.

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