◎IMPALA董事會日前在倫敦舉行了董事會議，會議中同意特定領域的交易必須列入談判者的優先清單。IMPALA執行主席Helen Smith表示「英國與歐洲其他國家的關係對整個音樂市場至關重要，由於英國脫歐的不確定性和疲乏，我們必須加倍努力確保特定領域的交易仍然可行。文化和創意部門的聲音必須被聽取。」AIM執行長Paul Pacifico補充說「優先事項包括藝人和文化工作者可以自由移動、實施版權指令，並確保整個歐洲的表演和公開播放收入的互惠協議順利運作。」
As Brexit uncertainty grows and suitors circle Universal Music Group, EU independent music trade groups IMPALA and AIM are calling on both the EU and the UK to ensure that the needs of the cultural and creative sectors are prioritized in negotiations.
The IMPALA board held their board meeting in London yesterday, where it was agreed that sector specific deals must be on the priority list for negotiators.
"The relationship between the UK and the rest of Europe is vital for the whole music market" said Helen Smith, Executive Chair of IMPALA. "With the ongoing uncertainty and fatigue that surrounds Brexit, it is vital we double our efforts to ensure that sector specific deals remain possible. The voice of the cultural and creative sectors must be heard."
Paul Pacifico, CEO of AIM added, "Priorities include free movement of artists and cultural workers, implementing the copyright directive and ensuring the smooth functioning of reciprocal agreements for performance and broadcast revenue across Europe."
The sale of Universal was also discussed, since it would require regulatory approval in both the EU and the UK. Google and other possible purchasers have been referred to in the press. "None of the possible purchasers of Universal mentioned so far would secure regulatory approval. It is vital that the UK regulators are geared up on this, as well as the EU," Helen Smith commented.
At the AIM Connected conference this week, session leader Paul Pacifico noted, "It is important for music and other sectors to raise their voice as they have particular value to both the EU and the UK economy".