A survey today from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) reveals that the overwhelming majority of UK labels are backing Britain’s membership of the EU, with 78% saying that walking away will damage business prospects and undermine the success of British music in Europe.
The survey shows that a two thirds majority (68 per cent) of those that took part wish to see the UK remain in the European Union – a figure which rises to 78 per cent among those that expressed a clear opinion either for or against staying in the EU.
The survey also confirmed that almost all (95 per cent) of BPI members produce recorded music and services that are commercially available in EU markets.
The survey also revealed:
- 90 per cent believe it is important for the UK to have influence in framing rules that govern the sale or use of British music in Europe.
- 70 per cent said the EU was important to their future prospects.
- 70 per cent are concerned that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and any ensuing uncertainty, could create difficulties for their business.
- 56 per cent believe that withdrawal from the EU could have negative consequences for fans.
Responding to the survey results, Jamie MacColl of Bombay Bicycle Club, said:
“This survey from the BPI is the overwhelming evidence that British music is stronger as part of the EU.
“Being part of Europe is a huge advantage for bands of all sizes as it means we and our fans can travel freely, have our music protected by vital copyright rules and gain access to the world’s biggest market.
“Music is all about collaboration and the EU allows us to be part of the largest group going. It’s clear that leaving would not advance the British music industry, in fact it would do quite the opposite and undermine decades of exciting development that has made us a leading force in global music. That’s why I’ll be voting to remain in the EU on June 23rd.”
Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said:
“British music is riding high and now accounts for a quarter of the total market in Europe for recorded music. This success helps to create jobs in the UK and fund exceptionally high levels of investment by British labels into new music.
“A strong majority of the UK labels we polled believe that remaining in the EU is critical to their business and that leaving would risk harming their future prospects.
“Music and the wider creative industries are a major success story for the UK economy. Given the importance of exports to Europe to our business, we believe that the prospects for British music are brighter if the UK remains within the European Union.”