UK Music hosted an ‘Eight Days a Week’ party at The Beatles Story, Albert Dock to celebrate the success of British music with Labour MPs and conference goers on Tuesday 27th September 2016.
British music contributed £4.1bn and sustained 119,000 jobs in 2015. Over the four year reporting period featured in the latest Measuring Music report, the music industry’s contribution to GDP increased by 17% between 2012 and 2015, while over the same time period UK GDP grew by 10%.
This sustained growth, and the international success of British music, is due not only to our great musical talent but also to great music cities such as Liverpool. The vibrant and hugely influential music scene in Liverpool monetises past successes, such as the Beatles, and invests heavily in its musical future with events like Liverpool Sound City and rehearsal schemes for budding young artists.
Liverpool really does work eight days a week to invest and produce some of the greatest music in the UK. That hard work is why the North West has a music tourism economy worth £375million and hosted visits from 1.2 million music tourists last year.
Jo Dipple, CEO at UK Music said: “Taking UK Music to Labour Party Conference was important. I wanted to drive home a message of how successful our industry is to MPs considering policies for growth post the EU Referendum. Our industry outperforms globally, year-in, year-out. To maintain this success, we need sustained long-term investment at the grassroots end of the market. Music tuition, music in schools, music as a career, grassroots music venues, access to finance, regional policies that support emerging artists, Arts Council and Government funding for popular genres not just the classics; these are issues that require political solutions and having the support of music-loving MPs is vital.”
Martin King, Managing Director at The Beatles Story said: “We were delighted to welcome UK Music to The Beatles Story. We feel our attraction was the perfect venue for such a prestigious organisation which represents the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry.”
A host of Labour politicians, peers and conference goers joined UK Music to celebrate with the Beatles tribute band ‘The Mersey Beatles’. Michael Dugher MP for Barnsley East also sang a rendition of 'Hey Jude' with the band.
UK Music also hosted a ‘Skills and Schools’ event on Wednesday 28th September with Luciana Berger MP at King David High School, Liverpool. Leading members of the UK music industry spoke to pupils about the various career paths in the sector and pupils were also given the opportunity to participate in music production and songwriting workshops.
The image gallery from the event can be found here.