We the undersigned, have grave concerns that Brexit will badly
damage the music industry.
British artists account for one in eight albums purchased by fans from all across the world, making the British music industry a leading force. We have managed to secure this global status due, in part, to the benefits of being in the EU.
Brexit will impact on every aspect of the music industry, from touring to sales to copyright legislation, to royalty collation. Indeed it already has. The fall in the pound means equipment costs for artists are on the rise and squeezed household incomes means less cash in fans’ pockets for attending gigs and buying music. We risk losing royalty revenues (with 60% of revenues paid to the UK coming from the EU), garnered from data freely shared within the EU, and increased import fees on much loved vinyl records, the majority of which are produced in Europe. Freedom of movement is the industry wide EU work permit, and must not be taken away.
But this is not just about how we do business or our standing in the world. Music is all about embracing and respecting other cultures; a collective creative mindset which we want to build and augment. We are an island, but we do not want to isolate ourselves. We believe in a world founded on communication, collaboration and tolerance.
Brexit is taking longer than we thought, costing more than we thought, and rendering us unable to have a solid thought on its outcome. It has been changing our communities, our public services and our job prospects in ways that were not clearly set out during the 2016 vote. The crunch is about to come and we don’t want to be crushed.
That is why we believe that there should be a people's vote, with an option to remain, on the Brexit deal, and why we support Best for Britain's campaign for the people to have the final say. The people of this country must decide whether or not the Brexit on offer is the right path, not just for music but for everything in our society that we all hold dear – our NHS, our culture, our economy, jobs and future prospects.
If we trusted the people at the start, we must trust the people at the finish line. This is what is best for British music and best for the country as a whole.