An energised crowd of musicians and Parliamentarians gathered in Westminster outside the Houses of Parliament at lunchtime today, to mark the publishing of Kevin Brennan’s Private Member’s Bill aiming to ‘Fix Streaming’, which is set to be debated in the House on the 3rd.
The event, organised by the MU and The Ivors Academy, in partnership with lobbying and PR firm Lodestone, proved a media success with the BBC in attendance.
There was a heartening turnout of MPs, following impressive lobbying by Kevin, including Kerry McCarthy, Karin Smyth, Jack Dromey, Alex Sobel, Fleur Anderson, Jonathan Djanogly, Pauline Latham, Christina Rees, Alex Davies-Jones, Chris Elmore, Jessica Morden, Mark Tami, Valerie Vaz, Catherine McKinnell, Julie Elliott, Jo Stevens, Barry Gardiner, Thangam Debbonaire, Stephanie Peacock, Toby Perkins, Clive Efford, Greg Smith, Geraint Davies, Steve Brine, Damian Green, Esther McVey, Colum Eastwood, Vicky Foxcroft, Ruth Jones, Patrick Grady, and Tonia Antoniazzi.
Also on hand offering valuable support were Vice Chairs of the Union’s Executive Committee, Sarah Williams and Rick Finlay.
Chair of The Ivors Crispin Hunt led the gathered masses in several renditions of David Bowie’s Heroes, which mashed into a pertinent ‘There’s no business like show business.’
You can hear Radio 1 Newsbeat’s report on the event by logging into BBC Sounds (from 9m 30s).
In the picture: KA, songwriter Fiona Bevan, guitarist Adam Beattie and performer and educator Anna Neale.