UK Music announces panel for post-Brexit music industry discussion at SXSW

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UK Music has unveiled a line up of senior MPs and music business leaders who will discuss how to maintain the UK’s music industry after Brexit.

The panel will be chaired by UK Music CEO Michael Dugher and the event will take place on Tuesday 12 March at the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30 in Austin, Texas.

‘UK Music Presents: How do we maintain the UK music industry’s global success after Brexit’ will feature panellists including PRS for Music’s chair Nigel Elderton, PPL CEO Peter Leatham, and PRS Foundation’s CEO Vanessa Reed.

Labour MP Julie Elliot will also be on the panel, and she is also a Labour member of the DCMS Select Committee who have recently run an inquiry into the economic, cultural and social benefits of live music.

The panel is set to discuss the international implications, challenges and opportunities for music and talent development in the UK music industry after the decision to leave the EU.

The discussion will mark the first time UK Music is an official partner at the British Music Embassy at SXSW.

Michael Dugher, chief executive officer, UK Music said: ‘UK Music are proud to be official partners at the British Music Embassy and we’re delighted to be hosting such a fantastic panel of experts at SXSW this year.

‘Damian Collins is one of the most respected and influential MPs, whose voice is listened to across the House of Commons and in the corridors of power. Equally, Julie Elliott MP is a hugely talented and formidable campaigner. It’s great they will join Peter Leathem, Nigel Elderton and Vanessa Reed, who are some of the most important and respected industry voices.

‘SXSW promises to be a fantastic showcase of the best of new British talent. The UK Music event could not come at a more critical time for the UK music industry with so many vital questions about the impact of Brexit remain unanswered. We hope to explore some of those issues and look at wider solutions to maintain the outstanding global success of the UK music business and safeguard the future of the talent pipeline.’

Julie Elliott MP, member of the DCMS Committee and Labour MP added: ‘It was clear from our inquiry that there is appetite around the world for British music, so it is important that we continue to champion and support those audiences who love live music. But we also heard concerns from across the industry about the potential impact of Brexit, including on the ease with which musicians can tour to and from the UK. I look forward to discussing these issues with the panel