Commenting on the news that the UK Government has set out its goals for any US-UK trade deal – and the implications this may have for the British music business, Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said:

“The United States is the largest single export market for British music, accounting for more than a third of total export revenues, with around one in eight albums sold in the US coming from a UK artist. A successful trade negotiation should not only help protect this hard-earned advantage, it should provide the opportunity to boost these exports further.

"We are encouraged that the Government’s outline approach to IP seeks to secure copyright provisions that support UK creative industries, and recognises the need for mechanisms to ensure the efficient enforcement of rights. The UK should seek commitments from the US to better protect creators and to step up action against global illegal operators that base themselves in the United States, while preventing any dilution of the UK’s strong copyright framework.

“We will continue to work closely with the Government and our partners in the US to ensure that both administrations understand creative industries priorities."