UK Music welcomes new Government stance on creative industries

UK Music welcomes new Government stance on creative industries

UK Music has welcomed the Government’s decision to include the creative industries as one of the key sectors in its new ‘modern industrial strategy’.

The strategy will aim to develop various sectors by focusing on skills and infrastructure to help strengthen the post-Brexit economy.

Furthermore, Peter Bazalgette, former chair of the Arts Council of England, has been appointed to lead an independent review of the creative industries to allow them to prosper further.

UK Music chief executive Jo Dipple said: “Music, with all its associated businesses, contributes £4.1 billion to the UK economy and is at the forefront of exerting our soft-power overseas. It is also a prime example of an industry, which has successfully adapted and embraced a new digital future. Our industry is in a prime position to grow and thrive.

“UK Music called for the creative sector to be included in the Government industrial strategy and is pleased to see it has been. Recently Snap Inc – formerly known as Snapchat – announced it will be based in the UK because of the nation’s ‘strong creative industries’, which hammers home the importance of the sector.

“The announcement that Sir Peter Bazalgette is to take a lead in fashioning a deal for the creative industries is encouraging and sends a powerful message about the importance of this valuable sector. The Government’s strategy commitments to the development of skills, starting and growing businesses, encouraging trade and inward investment, cultivating world-leading sectors and driving growth are all to be welcomed and supported.”

UK Music has published its own strategy for the creative industries, based on three pillars of trade: a framework to trade, incentives to trade and regionalisation of trade. You can view it in full here.

Last week it was announced the Dipple will step down as UK Music chief executive after five years in the role.


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