Music Industry heavyweights call on the Prime Minister to reconsider Brexit just days before crucial vote

  • Supporters include Spotify’s UK MD (Tom Connaughton), Fatboy Slim, Carl Barat, Jamie Cullum, Snow Patrol, Alan McGee, Primal Scream & Annie Lennox


Saturday, Jan 12th 2019 – London, UK – The largest Brexit pressure group representing the UK’s Music industry, Music4EU today descended on Downing Street to present their petition signed by over 1200 UK Music industry heavyweights including Spotify’s UK MD(Tom Connaughton), Fatboy Slim, Carl Barat (Libertines), Jamie Cullum, Snow Patrol, Alan McGee, Primal Scream & Annie Lennox.

Other signatories include some of the largest and most well respected trade bodies and record labels in the UK’s music business including the Beggars Group, The Association of Independent Music (AIM),  Stuart Camp (Ed Sheeran’s manager) , British Academy of Songwriters Composers & Authors (BASCA) & The Featured Artist Coalition (FAC).

Music4EU spokesperson Sammy Andrews said 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.”

She continued “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 petition comes just days after fellow creative industries groups Games4EU & TechForUK sent a joint letter to MPs echoing the message that the current deal addresses none of the gaming or tech industries’ concerns.

The music industry alone contributes a significant amount to the UK economy every year, over £4.5 billion in total. The UK’s world-beating 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.

 Cliff Fluet of Music4EU said “Under the slim pickings of Theresa May’s deal, the UK’s creative industries have every right to be worried. Our multi-billion-dollar industry not only creates jobs and opportunities for people across the UK, it is also a fundamental part of our culture and identity. And for fans it means less gigs by your favourite European artists in the UK, and less touring and promotion for UK artists in Europe. It’s a lose-lose situation for Britain and Europe, for artists and fans. Most MPs agree, and with the Brexit deal likely to be voted down on Tuesday, it’s time for the government to take a different path.”

Supporter of Music4EU, Eloise Todd, CEO of Best for Britain, added: “This coming Tuesday should mark a turning point in the Brexit process. If Theresa May’s deal is voted down as expected, MPs must listen to the industries, families and communities across the country who have spoken out against Brexit. It’s time for our country to take a different path and put the question of our EU membership to the people.”

Brexit represents a significant threat to the UK’s Music Industry. 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.

Useful links

Music4EU official website and letter in full:

Full List of signatories:

Games4EU letter to MPs :

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