Artists and Execs Send Anti-Brexit Letter

Over 50 Artists, Businesses and Execs signed an Anti-Brexit letter, created by Music4EU to the government, calling for an alternative to Brexit.

Signatories include Annie Lennox, Jamie Cullum, Alan McGee, Paloma Faith and The Lightening Seeds.

Sammy Andrews of Music4EU 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.”

The Anti-Brexit letter reads as follows;

We, the signatories of this letter, represent artists, producers, managers, businesses, and platforms from across the Music Industry in the UK and are writing to express our real concerns over Brexit and the current direction of the UK’s proposed departure from the EU.

Brexit represents a significant threat to the UK’s Music Industry. Leaving the EU’s customs union, single market, VAT area and regulatory framework (in whole or part) could devastate our global market leadership, and damage our freedom to trade, tour and to promote our artists and our works.

The music industry contributes £4.5 billion to the UK economy, and our world-beating artists helped to create exports of over £2.5 billion, which is growing fast in a global digital music business. Live music is at the heart of every artist’s business and contributed around £1bn to the UK economy, and freedom of movement is core to an artist’s ability to tour and promote their art.

The EU’s proposed reforms to the Digital Single Market, many of which were submitted by the UK, are intended help consumers and technology businesses grow the market yet further, and the proposals for the EU Copyright Directive are designed to help protect the value of our industry’s output on major technology platforms. The UK music industry could be at a significant disadvantage to our peers in the countries remaining in the EU without these protections.

According to a survey conducted by UK Music on the Music Industry’s views on Brexit, only 2% thought Brexit would have a positive impact on their chances of work.

In the Post-Brexit UK, there is a clear risk that reaching consumers and fans will be more expensive, and international markets will be harder to access. Live events will run the danger of being delayed or even canceled, which would undermine the financial and cultural benefits that this vibrant sector brings to UK PLC.

No-one voted for this situation, whether they voted Leave or Remain. It is critical to find a way out of this mess, and therefore we ask you to examine alternative options to maintain our current influence and freedom to trade.

Those who signed the letter are;

Alan McGee

Alistair Norbury

Amy Bee Sting- Oh My God! It’s The Church

Andy Edwards

Annie Lennox

Association of Independent Music (AIM)

Band Of Skulls

Beach Riot

Beggars Group

Ben Robinson – From The Fields – Blue Dot / Kendal Calling

Bill Ryder-Jones

Billy Bragg

Blood Red Shoes

Boomtown Festival

British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA)

British Sea Power

Broadwick Live

Cannibal Hymns

Carl Barat – The Libertines

Carwyn Ellis – Pretenders

Chris Carey – Media Insight Consulting and FastForward

Chrissie Hynde

Cliff Fluet

Cll Jon Tolley – Banquet Records


Craig Jennings – Raw Power

Danielle Perry – Miss Perry Presents Ltd

Danny Goffey – Supergrass

Dave Rowntree – Blur

David Arnold

David Manders – Liquid management

Ed Harcourt

Ellie Giles – Step Music Management

Emma Greengrass

Emmy The Great

Enter Shikari

Featured Artist Coalition (FAC)

Fleet River Management

Fran Healy – Travis

Get Cape Wear Cape Fly

Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)

Jamie Cullum

John Giddings – Solo Agency

Jonathan Wood – Ooosh! Tours Ltd

Kevin Fleming – Warp Records

Kilimanjaro Live

Laurence Bell – Domino Recording Company

Lightning Seeds


Mark Davyd

Mick Patterson

Music Managers Forum (MMF)

Music Producers Guild (MPG)

Musicians Union (MU)

Nadine Shah

Nick Mason – Pink Floyd

Nitin Sawhney

Paloma Faith

Peggy Seeger

Peter Quicke – Ninja Tune

Public Service Broadcasting

Ralph Lawson – 20/20 vision recordings

Red Grape music

Reverend And The Makers

Ros Earls – 104db management

Sammy Andrews – Deviate Digital

Simon Esplen

Solo Agency

Stephen Budd

Stephen Taverner – East City Management

Stuart Camp – Grumpy Old Management

The Subways


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