British music’s governing body say they are concerned about Brexit

British music’s governing body the BPI say the music community are surprised and concerned about the result of the EU referendum

BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor has spoken out about the EU referendum, suggesting that it will negatively impact the the UK music community. Taylor says that the outcome “will come as a surprise to many across the music community, who will be concerned by the economic uncertainty that lies ahead and the impact this may have on business prospects.” adding that, “The UK public has spoken, and once the short-term political and macro-economic consequences have played out, this decision will mean new priorities for the music industry in our work with Government.”

Taylor’s comments seem to reflect the overall feeling of economic uncertainty following the EU referendum but he remains optimistic for the future of British music in Europe; “We will, of course, press the Government to swiftly negotiate trade deals that will ensure unimpeded access to EU markets for our music and our touring artists.” He explains, “Our Government will also now have the opportunity to legislate for stronger domestic copyright rules that encourage investment here in the UK and which will protect UK creators from piracy and from tech platforms siphoning off value through copyright loopholes. We are confident that British music will remain hugely popular across Europe and we will work hard to make sure UK labels are able to capitalise on that demand.”

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