Some of the UK’s most prominent music figures have come together for a campaign in support of BBC Music during the Government Charter renewal.
Paul McCartney, Sam Smith Coldplay, New Order, Brian Eno, Boy George, George Ezra, James Bay, Jessie Ware, Paloma Faith, Disclosure, David Arnold, Chase & Status, Sting, Chrissie Hynde, Annie Lennox, Bob Geldof, Rita Ora, Marc Almond, Kaiser Chiefs are among the first wave of artists to back the #LetItBeeb campaign.
“Any cuts to BBC Music services would negatively impact on the UK’s much celebrated soft power and would harm our position as a world leader in music export,” said a statement from campaigners.
The campaign is being organised by UK music industry body UK Music and its members with the goal of convincing decision makers that diminishing any BBC music services would not be in the public’s interest.
It will be formally launched in Westminster on Monday (October 12) with an event in Parliament.
Organisers have set up a petition to Government at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/106091, calling for music services to be protected.