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Carta de la Industria Musical a la BBC para Salvar ‘BBC Music Introducing’

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Un grupo de organizaciones de la industria de la música ha publicado una carta abierta a la BBC sobre cómo evitar que ‘BBC Music Introducing’ sea eliminado.

‘BBC Music Introducing’ se transmite en varias estaciones de radio locales en todo el Reino Unido. El programa transmite música de artistas nuevos y no firmados, lo que ayuda a que surjan talentos como Ed Sheeran y Ellie Goulding . Pero ahora, una posible reorganización en la BBC tiene a algunos preocupados de que el programa sea eliminado.
La carta abierta al presidente de la BBC le pide que considere cuán importante ha sido ‘BBC Music Introducing’ en la aparición de nuevos talentos en el país:
“[El programa] es un engranaje fundamental en la maquinaria del sector de base”, argumenta la carta. “Este trabajo no lo hace ninguna otra emisora; es único. Su alcance se extiende a todos los rincones del país y es especialmente importante en las comunidades marginadas, donde el acceso a la música y las oportunidades musicales ya es un desafío increíble”.
“BBC Introducing es un excelente ejemplo de lo que la BBC hace mejor que ninguna otra emisora​​​”, continúa la carta. “La programación de introducción de BBC aborda directamente los objetivos centrales de la BBC, actuando en el interés público, sirviendo a todas las audiencias y brindando productos y servicios imparciales, de alta calidad y distintivos que informan, educan y entretienen”.
“Entendemos que toda la red de presentadores y productores ha sido notificada de posibles despidos y que los programas que crean pueden verse amenazados como resultado de recortes más amplios en la red de estaciones de radio locales de la BBC”, se comenta en la carta.
“Queremos recalcarles muy fuertemente que esto sería un golpe fundamental para la salud de todo el sector de base. Los artistas nuevos y emergentes ya enfrentan obstáculos significativos para entrar en la industria de la música, desafíos que se amplifican para aquellos artistas y músicos que viven fuera de las principales ciudades”.
“BBC Introducing ha sido esencial para proporcionar rutas de acceso a la industria, con oportunidades locales y regionales disponibles en todo el país. Cualquiera que sea la reorganización que se requiera para satisfacer las demandas de la futura estabilidad y viabilidad de la BBC, no debería ser el caso de que BBC Introducing sea una víctima involuntaria de esos cambios”.
La carta abierta fue firmada por los siguientes organismos comerciales de la industria musical:

Mark Davyd | Music Venue Trust
Dave Keighly | Production Services Association
Nathan Clark | Association of Independent Promoters
Silvia Montello | Association of Independent Music
David Martin | Features Artists Coalition
John Collins | LIVE
Annabella Coldrick | Music Manager Forum
Kevin Appleby | British Association of Concert Halls
Paul Fenn | Entertainment Agents Association
John Rostron | Association of Independent Festivals
Phil Bowdery | The Concerts Promoter Association
Johnathan Brown | The Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers
Johnathan Drury | National Arenas Association

A continuación puedes encontrar el texto íntegro de la carta (en inglés).

Richard SharpChair of the BBC BoardBBC Broadcasting HousePortland PlaceLondonW1A 1AA
 
17 January 2023
Dear Richard
 
The Future of BBC Introducing
 
We are writing to you as a group of organisations that represent key stakeholders in the live music industry.
Our work includes consideration of the impact of third party agency decisions on the health, resilience and sustainability of the Grassroots Music ecosystem. We are writing to you today to express our grave concerns about the current uncertainty surrounding the future of BBC Introducing, the network of programming across the country which throws a spotlight on local and regional artists, venues, communities and music.
BBC Music Introducing is a fundamental cog in the machine of the Grassroots Sector. Its network of radio shows across the UK support new and developing music at grassroots level, through local shows on stations across England and the Channel Islands and flagship programmes in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. These 32 shows support local artists with local airplay, interviews and sessions and are deeply engaged with local Grassroots Music Venues. They are presented and produced by people with a deep knowledge of local and regional music. They provide local gigs, festival stages and outside broadcasts alongside promotion and awareness raising. This work is not done by any other broadcaster; it is unique. Its reach extends to every corner of the country and it is especially important in left behind communities, where access to music and music opportunities is already incredibly challenging.
BBC Introducing is a prime example of what the BBC does best that no other broadcaster can do. BBC Introducing programming directly addresses the core aims of the BBC, acting in the public interest, serving all audiences and delivering impartial, high-quality and distinctive output and services which inform, educate and entertain.
Despite this, we understand that the entire network of presenters and producers has been placed on notice of potential redundancies, and that the programmes they create may be under threat as a result of wider cuts to the BBC’s network of local radio stations.
We want to impress on you very strongly that this would be a fundamental blow to the health of the entire Grassroots Sector. New and emerging artists already face significant obstacles to breaking into the music industry, challenges that are amplified for those artists and musicians living outside of the major cities. BBC Introducing has been essential in providing access routes into the industry, with local and regional opportunities available right across the country. Whatever reorganisation might be required to meet the demands of the future stability and viability of the BBC, it should not be the case that BBC Introducing is the unintended victim of those changes.
Please can we have your urgent assurance that you and the BBC Board understand the vital role of BBC Introducing. We would like to hear how you plan to protect it for the future, and would welcome the opportunity to discuss with you how it can be developed, enhanced and improved to achieve even more for the communities it serves.
We look forward to hearing from you
Yours sincerely,
Mark Davyd, Music Venue TrustDave Keighley, Production Services AssociationNathan Clark, Association of Independent PromotersSilvia Montello, Association of Independent MusicDavid Martin, Featured Artists CoalitionJon Collins, LIVE (Live music Industry Venues and EntertainmentAnnabella Coldrick, Music Manager ForumKevin Appleby, British Association of Concert HallsPaul Fenn, Entertainment Agents AssociationJohn Rostron, Association of Independent FestivalsPhil Bowdery, The Concerts Promoter AssociationJonathan Brown, The Society of Ticket Agents and RetailersJonathan Drury, National Arenas Association
CC: Michele Donelan, Secretary of State for DCMSJulie Lopez, Minister of State for Media, Data and Digital InfrastructureLord Parkinson, Minister for Arts and Heritage and DCMS Lords Minister

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