Why the music biz can't afford to ignore the General Election

Why the music biz can't afford to ignore the General Election

There just hasn’t been enough politics lately, has there? That’s what absolutely no one said as Theresa May announced to an already Brexit-battered nation that there’s going to be a General Election on June 8.

The music biz rarely gets a look-in during such occasions, so it could be forgiven for spending the coming weeks preparing for Razorlight’s Isle Of Wight Festival show instead (set for the day Jeremy Corbyn sweeps into Downing Street, on a drove of flying pigs).

But, actually, a General Election campaign offers a great chance for the business to make its case, particularly for what it needs from a post-Brexit economic set-up.

After all, an election campaign is about the only time you can be sure politicians feel duty-bound to listen (or at least pretend to listen).

We all know how unreliable opinion polls have become, but it seems likely that the make-up of the next Parliament will be very different to the current one. Fringe parties may end up with more seats and prove useful allies for the future if lobbied the right way now.

Current friends of the music business might not get re-elected, while new-intake MPs with an interest in the biz might emerge. Those new contacts should be made now, rather than when it’s too late.

Of course, given the spate of shock results around the world recently, who knows what sort of country we’ll wake up to on June 9? Fortunately (or not, depending on the result of their own pending presidential election), some of us will be in France for MIDEM (book those postal votes now!). For everyone else, at least there will always be Razorlight…

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