Following Theresa May’s announcement that Parliament’s vote on her Brexit deal would be delayed, the music industry has hit back with a open letter requesting that the Government “find[s] a way out of this mess”.
In total the open letter has receive 550 signatures from the likes of Paloma Faith, Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, Billy Bragg, the Musicians Union (MU), Boomtown Festival and John Giddings of Solo Agency. I am sure I don’t need to tell you this, but the letter explains that Brexit represents a significant threat to the UK’s Music Industry.
It references the ways in which Brexit could negatively affect the UK’s music industry and also the near completion of the European Copyright Directive.
Anyway, why listen to me telling you about the letter when you can read it here: https://music4eu.com/letter/.
Complete Music Update reports that Deviate Digital CEO Sammy Andrews, who help organise the Music4EU letter, said: “Rarely do so many factions within the music industry unite on any subject, but Music4EU’s signatory list so far is a clear indication of the level of concern over the current mess, and how widely it impacts every corner of this sector. Brexit is an unmitigated disaster for Britain’s world-leading music industry”.
It also reported that Sam Duckworth, aka Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly (and a signatory of the letter), added: “It’s a connected age, where diminishing rights and barriers to trade should be a thing of the past. We need to make sure we don’t isolate ourselves from our wider cultural family. Be it sharing a stage, a marketplace or as part of a team, Brexit is causing mass uncertainty. Music is a big part of the economy and is the front line of the warm British welcome. It is essential that we are given clear guidelines, promises and safeguards for this to continue”.