The prime minister has appointed Oliver Dowden MP as his new secretary of state for the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
UK Music’s acting CEO, Tom Kiehl, welcomes this new appointment: “Congratulations to Oliver Dowden. He is the right appointment at the right time.”
He continued, elaborating on how the Government can help the music biz. “There’s a huge opportunity to grow our £5.2 billion music industry,” he said. “Tackling issues around our talent pipeline, making the UK home to the world’s strongest copyright framework and supporting music venues are priorities. Developing fiscal incentives, new trade agreements and support for our £2.7 billion export revenues need to taken forward too. By working closely with the Government we can also protect international touring and enhance diversity in our 190,000 strong workforce.”
He also paid tribute to Dowden’s predecessor: “I would also like to place on record our thanks to Baroness Morgan for supporting UK Music in her time as secretary of state for the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.”
Kiehl also paid tribute to Labour MP Kevin Brennan after he stood down as shadow culture minister and moved to take up a new role on the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.
Kiehl stated: “Kevin Brennan has been a fantastic supporter of the UK music industry and a powerful advocate for our biggest campaigns – business rate relief for music venues and #LoveMusic to mention two. We wish him well and look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role on the DCMS Select Committee.”