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The UK’s music sector - copyright and policy developments, education and careers, investment and live music, and future trading relationships

Morning, Tuesday, 9th June 2020



This conference will consider key issues for the UK’s music sector.

It is bringing together policy officials with stakeholders at a key point for the music industry - as the UK negotiates trading and regulatory arrangements with the EU.

The options, and decisions that are made, will have a long-term impact on artists, businesses in the sector, and venues - and the partners and communities they work with.

Delegates will assess priorities for policy to help protect and grow the UK’s global position in the industry, and to support live music and the talent pipeline.

Developments being discussed include:

  • Options being considered for future UK visa and immigration rules;
  • Implications of the Government announcement that it will not implement the EU Copyright Directive, and of further policy divergence as the UK negotiates with the EU;
  • Arts Council England’s new ten-year strategy with commitments to create more accessible career pathways into the creative industries;
  • Government plans to increase funding for music education in schools; and
  • HM Treasury plans to reduce business rates for some music venues, and funding support announced by Arts Council England.


There will be keynote addresses from:

  • Ariel Sommer, Head of Music, Publishing & Copyright Policy, DCMS;
  • Dr Ros Lynch, Director, Copyright and IP Enforcement, Intellectual Property Office;
  • Neil Semple, Creative Content Lead, Department for International Trade; and
  • Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, Director, Music, Arts Council England.

Further confirmed speakers include: Rebecca Ayres, The Association of Independent Festivals; Raffaella De Santis, Harbottle & Lewis; Bryan Grant, Britannia Row Productions; Anton Gourman, Deezer; Kwame Otiende, The Jago; Paul Pacifico, Association of Independent Music; Stuart Worden, The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, London; and a young musician confirmed from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

The agenda

  • Maintaining growth in the UK music industry - next steps for policy;
  • Priorities for future copyright regulation and enforcement of rights in the UK;
  • Key issues for the digital marketplace - protecting IP, remuneration for artists and content creators, and implications of divergence from the Copyright Directive;
  • Prospects for live performance and the UK grassroots scene - options for addressing challenges facing venues, planning and licensing, and touring post-Brexit;
  • Assessing key skills and funding requirements for the future, and how they can best be developed;
  • Nurturing home-grown talent - widening accessibility and engagement, developing career pathways, and priorities for the National Plan for Music Education; and
  • Maximising the sector’s export capabilities - priorities for policy.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Media Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the Department for International Trade; the Intellectual Property Office; and The Scottish Government.

Keynote Speaker

Ariel Sommer

Head of Music, Publishing & Copyright Policy, DCMS

Keynote Speakers

Ariel Sommer

Head of Music, Publishing & Copyright Policy, DCMS

Dr Ros Lynch

Director of Copyright and IP Enforcement, Intellectual Property Office

Dr Claire Mera-Nelson

Director, Music, Arts Council England

Neil Semple

Creative Content Lead, Department for International Trade


Conor McGinn MP

Secretary, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music

Andrea Jenkyns MP

Treasurer, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music


Anton Gourman

Global Director of Communications, Deezer

Rebecca Ayres

Managing Director, Sound City and Board Member, The Association of Independent Festivals

Paul Pacifico

Chief Executive Officer, Association of Independent Music

Kwame Otiende

Co-Founder, The Jago

Stuart Worden

Principal, The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, London

Bryan Grant

Director, Britannia Row Productions

Alison McKenzie-Folan

Chief Executive, Wigan Council

Raffaella De Santis

Senior Associate, Harbottle & Lewis

Young musician confirmed from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra