UK Music’s chief executive officer Michael Dugher has vowed to continue the campaign to support grassroots venues faced with crippling business rates despite the Chancellor’s Spring Statement being a ‘missed opportunity.’
‘SXSW is a perfect opportunity for the British music industry to talk about how to maintain our position as a global leader in music and how we continue to meet the demands of a fast-changing world in the post-Brexit environment,’ says chief executive officer of UK Music and a former shadow culture secretary Michael Dugher.
A cross-party group of 59 MPs and peers that form the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Music have written to Chancellor Philip Hammond urging him to use his Spring Statement on Wednesday 13 March to ensure music venues benefit from the new business rates retail discount scheme.
Yesterday (Tuesday) the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee approved the provisional agreement on the Copyright Directive and UK Music have subsequently urged MEPs and the EU Council to support the Directive.
Michael Dugher, chief executive of UK Music, and Mark Davyd, chief executive of the Music Venue Trust (MVT), have written to the chancellor of the exchequer urging him to change discriminatory business rates guidance.