Music sounds better with EU: Stars line up for anti-Brexit campaign

Music sounds better with EU: Stars line up for anti-Brexit campaign

Major artists have joined several UK music industry bodies in calling on the government for an alternative to Brexit.

It follows the postponement of the House Of Commons vote on the government’s proposed transition deal with the EU.

Artists signing the letter to the government drafted by Music4EU include Annie Lennox, Chrissie Hynde, Paloma Faith, Nadine Shah, Public Service Broadcasting and David Arnold.

Industry bodies supporting the initiative include The Musicians Union, The Association of Independent Music, Music Managers Forum, British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors and the Music Producers Guild.

Signatories from the music management sector include Ed Sheeran's manager Stuart Camp, Raw Power and Fleet River Management who represent The Chemical Brothers. 

The open letter states that “Brexit represents a significant threat to the UK’s Music Industry” and that “In the Post-Brexit UK, there is a clear risk that reaching consumers and fans will be more expensive, and international markets will be harder to access”. 

Sammy Andrews, CEO of Deviate Digital, and co-organiser of Music4EU, said: “Rarely do so many factions within the music industry unite on any subject, but Music4EU’s signatory list so far is a clear indication of the level of concern over the current mess, and how widely it impacts every corner of this sector. Brexit is an unmitigated disaster for Britain’s world-leading music industry.”

Sam Duckworth who performs as Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, added: “It’s a connected age, where diminishing rights and barriers to trade should be a thing of the past. We need to make sure we don’t isolate ourselves from our wider cultural family. Be it sharing a stage, a marketplace or as part of a team, Brexit is causing mass uncertainty. Music is a big part of the economy and is the front line of the warm British welcome. It is essential that we are given clear guidelines, promises and safeguards for this to continue.”

Paul Pacifico, CEO of AIM, said: "In a moment when we need balance most, Brexit seems to play to the most divisive and negative instincts of our representatives across the political spectrum. In this atmosphere of hardening dogma, we must not sacrifice the future of our creative economy and the people and small businesses that are its lifeblood. We can too easily take for granted that British music has a special place in the world and for several decades it has punched above its weight.

"We must take care that any next steps in Brexit do not diminish our potential to excel across both the world’s cultural and commercial landscapes. The music industry delivered £4.5 billion to the economy last year, and yet it feels like so far we have been utterly ignored in the Brexit deal. We, therefore, renew our call on all sides to include the specific provisions we need to continue to thrive."

Music4EU is calling for music industry professionals to add their voice at:

The current signatories are as follows: 

Paloma Faith

Alan McGee

Annie Lennox

Nick Mason - Pink Floyd

Chrissie Hynde

Carl Barat - The Libertines 

Nadine Shah

Stuart Camp - Grumpy Old Management

Dave Rowntree - Blur

Association of Independent Music (AIM)

Beggars Group

Billy Bragg

Music Managers Forum (MMF)

Public Service Broadcasting

Enter Shikari

David Arnold

Jamie Cullum

Musicians Union (MU)

Music Producers Guild (MPG)

Featured Artist Coalition (FAC)

Fran Healy - Travis

Broadwick Live

Kilimanjaro Live

Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)


Boomtown Festival

Nitin Sawhney

Fleet River Management

Solo Agency

British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA)

Blood Red Shoes

British Sea Power

Get Cape Wear Cape Fly

Ben Robinson - From The Fields - Blue Dot / Kendal Calling

Ed Harcourt

Cll Jon Tolley - Banquet Records

Lightning Seeds

Stephen Budd

The Subways

Red Grape music

Peggy Seeger

David Manders - Liquid management

Beach Riot

Ralph Lawson - 20/20 vision recordings

Craig Jennings - Raw Power

Danny Goffey - Supergrass

Revered And The Makers

Mark Davyd

Sammy Andrews - Deviate Digital 

Cliff Fluet 

Emma Greengrass

Simon Esplen

Alistair Norbury

Paloma Faith


Emmy The Great

Danielle Perry - Miss Perry Presents Ltd

Cannibal Hymns


Stephen Taverner - East City Management 

Carwyn Ellis - Pretenders

Band Of Skulls

Chris Carey - Media Insight Consulting and FastForward

Ros Earls - 104db management

Jonathan Wood - Ooosh! Tours Ltd

Peter Quicke - Ninja Tune

Laurence Bell - Domino Recording Company

John Giddings - Solo Agency

Amy Bee Sting- Oh My God! It's The Church

Bill Ryder-Jones

Ellie Giles - Step Music Management

Kevin Fleming - Warp Records

Andy Edwards

Mick Patterson

Kat Kennedy - Big Life Management

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