UK music can be ‘poster-boy’ for exports

Sam Smith press shotThe UK music industry can be the ‘poster-boy’ for the export business, the CBI has said.

Katja Hall, CBI Deputy director-general, made the comments ahead of the BRIT Awards, taking place tonight (25 February) at London’s O2 Arena.

The organisation has called on the government and music industry to work closer together to promote the business, worth an estimated £3.5bn to the UK’s economy.

Katja Hall said: ‘The UK’s creative industries are global leaders, whether it is providing great film locations and production skills, or video game developers and fashion designers. It is essential to over one million jobs that this remains the case.

‘As artists gather for the Brits 2015, the music industry alone is worth £3.5bn and with the right help can become the ‘poster boy’ for UK exports. With the likes of Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran riding high in charts around the world, the UK must keep thinking big to help even more of our music artists crack new markets.’

Previous research from UK Music, published in September 2014, revealed that the music industry supports more than 111,000 full time jobs while music exports contribute £2.2bn to the economy.


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