AUSTIN, TX (CelebrityAccess) — Trade organization UK Music announced plans to bring a group of high profile music industry figures to this year’s SXSW conference to host a panel on Brexit.
Chaired by UK Music CEO Michael Dugher, the panel entitled “UK Music Presents: How do we maintain the UK music industry’s global success after Brexit?” is set to include senior Conservative MP Damian Collins, chair of the influential House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.
Other panelists are set to include: Labour MP Julie Elliott MP (Labour member of the DCMS Select Committee), Peter Leathem (CEO, PPL), Nigel Elderton (Chair, PRS for Music), Vanessa Reed (CEO, PRS Foundation).
The panel will consider the international implications, challenges and opportunities for music and talent development for the UK music industry – which contributes £4.5bn a year to the economy – following the decision to leave the EU.
Julie MP, member of the DCMS Committee and Labour MP said:
“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,” Elliott said. “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.”
The UK is set to leave the EU at the end of March, and at present, there is no deal in place to ensure a graceful exit from the financial and political union, leading to concerns about significant disruption in business, trade and travel in and out of the UK.
The panel will take place on Tuesday March 12 from 4.30pm to 5.30pm at the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto) in Austin, Texas.