BPI welcomes the positive comments and informed debate from MP’s at yesterday’s debate on the contribution of music to the economy and wider society.

Secured by Labour MP Conor McGinn, the Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music, and with cross party contributions, including a response from DCMS Minister Nigel Adams, it was refreshing to see MP’s from across the House emphasise the hugely positive impact that music has, not just on the economy and UK exports, but on the lives of their constituents. MP’s also expressed strong support for musical groups and activities from their local areas.

Following the government’s investment in music education hubs earlier in the month, it was encouraging to see the commitment of MP’s to further discuss the issue of funding for music provisions in schools, to ensure the future remains bright for British music talent.

During the debate, DCMS Minister Nigel Adams committed to continuing support the British music industry at home and abroad – recognising “the need to consider introducing a comprehensive music strategy”, whilst also acknowledging the success of the BPI’s Music Export Growth Scheme in promoting British music exports and artists overseas.

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards said:

“Music is a cultural and economic asset to the UK that unites political opinion. We welcome the clear recognition from MP’s that music plays an important role in our islands’ life, whether helping to bind communities together or promoting Britain around the world. We encourage MP’s to nurture the success of British music by strengthening the copyright that fuels creativity, ensuring that digital platforms pay fairly and play fairly with the music they use, and creating more equal access to music in schools and the wider community.”