Westminster Media Forum

Priorities for the UK’s music sector - copyright and protecting IP, live music, the talent pipeline, and future trading relationships


This conference will consider key issues for the UK’s music sector - artists, record labels, venues, and the partners and communities they work with.

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


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, Managing Director, Sound City and Board Member, The Association of Independent Festivals; Raffaella De Santis, Senior Associate, Harbottle & Lewis; Kwame Otiende, Co-Founder, The Jago; Paul Pacifico, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Independent Music and Stuart Worden, Principal, The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, London.

The context for discussion

We expect discussion on developments including:

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

The agenda

  • Maintaining growth in the UK music industry - next steps for policy;
  • Priorities for future copyright regulation and enforcement of rights;
  • 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 requirements for the future, and how they can best be developed;
  • Nurturing home-grown talent - music education, widening accessibility and engagement, and developing the talent pipeline; and
  • Maximising the sector’s export capabilities - reducing barriers to movement and trade, and accessing new markets.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Media Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates