Music4EU, the largest Music Industry Brexit pressure group, paid Downing Street a visit over the weekend to present their petition. Signed by over 1200 Music Industry leaders including Spotify UK’s Tom Connaughton, Creation Records founder Alan McGee, Fatboy Slim, Annie Lennox, Primal Scream, Alan McGee, Jamie Cullum, Snow Patrol, Libertines member Carl Barat and still more. These notable individuals are joined by several of the UK’s key music groups, labels and bodies (Beggar’s Group, AIM, BASCA, FAC) in asking the PM to back off on Brexit.
Their concerns centre around the current deal outlined by Prime Minister, Theresa May. The deal announced in November was received beyond poorly, leading to the vote on it being suspended until this Tuesday.”The current deal contains absolutely no assurances from the Prime Minister for the UK Music Industry, or any industry for that matter”, explains spokesperson Sammie Andrews. She continues to say, “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”.
The Music industry isn’t the only entertainment industry presenting their views on the situation with this petition coming days after Games4EU and TechForUK presented their similar views on the matter, stating that the current deal addresses none of their concerns. These industries are huge for the UK with the music industry contributing over £4.5bn every year. UK artists created £2.5bn in exports while the live music sector, heavily relying on the now endangered freedom of movement, brought in £1bn alone. These numbers alone show how important it is when the music industries concerns are ignored.
As well as removing freedom of movement within the EU, the current deal would deal a blow to UK music infrastructure. The trade and regulatory framework the EU provides is vital to many companies within the Music industry and losing this means hindering or, more likely, losing their business. The UK has a long history of leadership in music and from here on out there is a real danger of that no longer continuing.