Music4EU, the largest Brexit pressure group dedicated to representing the UK’s music industry, descended on Downing Street earlier today (January 12th 2019) to present their petition to Prime Minister Theresa May to reconsider leaving the EU.
The petition was signed by over 1,200 UK music industry heavyweights, including Tom Connaughton (Spotify‘s UK managing director), Laurent Barnard (Gallows), Kris Coombs-Roberts (Funeral For A Friend), Neil Cooper (Therapy?), Enter Shikari, Blood Red Shoes, and The Subways, to name but a few.
You can find the full list of signatories (and sign the petition yourself) here.
Music4EU spokesperson Sammy Andrews had this to say of the petition.
“The current deal contains absolutely no assurances from the Prime Minister for the UK music industry, or any industry for that matter. That’s something that is reflected in the amount of industry leaders from a diverse range of sectors that signed our petition. We have record labels, trade bodies, touring crew & artist managers as well as global superstar artists and up and coming acts, not to mention publishers and distributors.
The government is in utter chaos right now, and the Prime Minister’s deal would isolate UK artists and the teams that support them, ending their ability to tour freely and putting jobs across the industry at risk. We’ll see what happens this week, but maybe it’s time they let the people decide now that they understand the impact it has on them.”
The music industry contributes a significant amount to the UK economy every year, over £4.5 billion in total. UK artists helped to create exports of over £2.5 billion; live music alone contributed £1bn to the UK economy, and freedom of movement is crucial to an artist’s ability to tour.
Leaving the EU’s customs union, single market, VAT area, and regulatory framework could devastate the UK’s global market leadership in music, and damage artists’ freedom to trade and tour. The industry is also seeing several companies open offices outside the UK to remain in the EU framework, meaning less revenue into the UK economy.
You can find out more about Music4EU via their official website (here).