Local MP Nigel Adams was joined by multiple Grammy winner Sam Smith and a host of star names and music industry executives at the launch of a U.K. music industry campaign in support of the BBC’s music services on October 12th.
The MP for Selby and Ainsty hosted the event in his capacity as Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Music and was also joined by Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, Sandy Shaw, Jake Bugg, BBC Radio 1 presenter and X-Factor judge Nick Grimshaw and other politicians at the formal launch of #LetItBeeb, which took place at Portcullis House in Westminster. The event was opened with a speech by Nigel Adams followed by BBC Director General Tony Hall, BPI, UK Music and Culture Secretary John Whiitingdale. The evening also featured a short acoustic performance from Jake Bugg.
#LetItBeeb is a publicly focused campaign and petition coordinated by UK Music, aimed at drumming up support for the BBC’s music services at a time when the government will soon make its ruling over the renewal of its Royal Charter, which determines the BBC’s funding levels for the next decade.
The #LetItBeeb campaign has already been backed by some of the biggest names in the U.K. music industry, including Sir Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Brian Eno, Paloma Faith, Sting, Boy George, New Order, James Bay, Annie Lennox, Bob Geldof, Rita Ora, Paul Epworth, Disclosure and many others.
Nigel Adams commented, “The UK is fantastic at music both in terms of talent, production and live performance. Current artists including Sam Smith and Adele dominate the charts around the world and it is also only right to recognise the BBC’s role in developing this talent.” Speaking about his encounter with Sam Smith, Nigel said, “He’s a charming fella and incredible singer, I was pleased he took the selfie as my children now think I’m almost cool. I also reminded the audience that Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ is the first ‘Bond’ theme to top the U.K. Singles Chart but said I was disappointed that it had been knocked off the number one spot by Justin Bieber which is an artistic outrage.”
BBC director general Tony Hall, who called music “central to what the BBC offers” said, “We have been making a difference to British music for well on 90 years, supporting British artists, composers, musicians, as well as studios, producers and all the other craft skills that go towards making British music something very, very special globally. ” Hall identified Florence and the Machine’s Florence Welch as one of a number of current global stars “who took their first steps onto the world stage through BBC music.”