The Impact of Brexit on Music - The Elektrik Cave / Gathering - Brexit and Music


Last week on the show we discussed what the impact of Brexit might be on the UK music industry.

This month I spoke to the people working in music to understand what the impact of this decision we made two years ago will do to the music we love. With 6 months until exit day, the country seems surprisingly unruffled at the fact that we are still deep in negotiations. Through the conversations I had, it becomes clear that the calm exterior isn’t reflective of the mood.

 This episode of Gathering looks at the impact on music through the voices of our music bodies, venues, shops, labels, vinyl mastering and dubplate specialists and of course the musicians.  

PRS for Music is the UK’s leading performing right society, representing the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world.

The UK music industry is a global success story, and the music of UK songwriters, composers and performers is popular around the world. Europe is by far our largest market, with around 60% of the industries’ international income coming from Europe. Any barriers to that income will have a significant impact on creators and performers.

Most of the value of the music industry, indeed all the creative sectors, comes from copyright – the ability to licence your works and be paid when they are performed, broadcast or streamed. Copyright was born in Europe, in the UK the first copyright law was introduced in the 18th century, and through the European Union the ability to align and unify copyright rules has benefited the music industry.

Outside of the EU, our ability to influence the rules of our largest market will be more difficult, although it is true that the UK government will have the opportunity to pursue its own copyright regime which we hope may benefit all creators and performers.

Outside of copyright, one of our greatest concerns is the impact it will have on the ability of performers to tour Europe. Whether you are a major act or a small band in the back of a transit van, the ability to easily tour venues across Europe, to raise your profile and build your fanbase has been an essential part of the UK music industry’s success. The introduction of visas and restrictions at borders for touring equipment, such as instruments and sound systems, is going to add both significant cost and burdens to European touring. For some these burdens will be too high and they will no longer be able to tour in Europe.
— John Mottram, The Head of Policy and Public Affairs for PRS for Music

Thanks to everyone who got involved in the show…

Peter Adarkwah (BBE Records), Jean-Claude Thompson (IfMusic), Amelie Syners (Village Underground), Frank Merritt (The Carvery), Mak Murtic (Mimika Orchestra), Jamie Benzies (Mimika Orchestra) and John Mottram (PRS for Music).