23/01/2017 London, UK: UK Music, the trade body for the music industry, has welcomed the inclusion of the creative industries as one of the key sectors in the Government’s modern industrial strategy, which was unveiled today.
The economic blueprint outlined by Prime Minister Theresa May puts a focus on skills, infrastructure and connectivity, and aims to strengthen the post-Brexit economy for the UK.
Sir Peter Bazalgette, the former chair of the Arts Council of England, has been appointed to lead an independent review of the creative industries to enable them to prosper further.
UK Music looks forward to playing an important part in this process and hopes to see the music industry’s unique offering integrated into future plans as one of the “world-leading sectors” cultivated within the strategy.
Music is a major source of employment – accounting directly for around 119,000, with 39,000 involved in music tourism – and a huge contributor to the economy.
UK Music chief executive Jo Dipple said: “Music, with all its associated businesses, contributes £4.1 billion to the UK economy and is at the forefront of exerting our soft-power overseas. It is also a prime example of an industry which has successfully adapted and embraced a new digital future. Our industry is in a prime position to grow and thrive.
“UK Music called for the creative sector to be included in the Government industrial strategy and is pleased to see it has been. Recently Snap Inc – formerly known as Snapchat – announced it will be based in the UK because of the nation’s ‘strong creative industries’, which hammers home the importance of the sector.
“The announcement that Sir Peter Bazalgette is to take a lead in fashioning a deal for the creative industries is encouraging and sends a powerful message about the importance of this valuable sector.
“The Government’s strategy commitments to the development of skills, starting and growing businesses, encouraging trade and inward investment, cultivating world-leading sectors and driving growth are all to be welcomed and supported.”
UK Music has published its own strategy for the creative industries, based on three pillars of trade: a framework to trade, incentives to trade and regionalisation of trade which can be viewed here