Updated 10:31 AM EST, Wed, Jan 19, 2022

BBC Music Protection: Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Sam Smith & Other Big UK Stars Join Campaign

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Some of the biggest names in the music industry in U.K. gathered together to fight for BBC music to be shielded from cuts. The likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Rita Ora, Sam Smith and more join the #LetItBeeb campaign to support the music corporation.

Other musicians and stars who decided to oppose the government's charter renewal, which will affect BBC Music, are New Order, Brian Eno, Boy George, George Ezra, James Bay, Jessie Ware, Paloma Faith, Disclosure, David Arnold and Chase & Status. Too, Sting, Chrissie Hynde, Annie Lennox, Bob Geldof, Marc Almond, Kaiser Chiefs are among the first wave of artists to backed up the music output, according to Music Week.

"Any cuts to BBC Music services would negatively impact on the UK's much celebrated soft power and would harm our position as a world leader in music export," a statement made by the campaigners said. The Guardian reported that the group will officially launch the crusade in the legislative with its slogan #LetItBeeb.

The battle is not just supported by well-known celebrities but major recording companies as well, like Sony and Universal Music. "There is a direct threat to the BBC during this charter renewal process," UK Music chief executive Jo Dipple said.

"Next year the government will publish its white paper reforms on to the BBC which will define its future direction and funding. Music services must be maintained." BBC is not just helping the stars but other small scale employees as well.

MI Pro noted that BBC Music is the single biggest employer of Music Union members in the U.K. It dependents include five full-time orchestras, employed 400 contract musicians and uncountable freelance artists and employees.

It is also the biggest commissioner of new music in the country, with 92 concerts this summer and 13 BBC commissions plus 21 world premieres. The corporation is not just limited to concerts and proms.

Too, BBC's iconic TV and film soundtracks are making waves, which includes "Think," "Doctor Who," "Sherlock" and many more to name a few. "The British music scene is a huge export earner and I think everybody in the business would agree that the BBC is a fundamental part of that success," the 67-year-old English composer, Brian said, The Guardian noted.

"The inclusivity that the BBC represents engenders tolerance, assimilation, integration and a sense of shared community. In a multicultural society that is worth a lot." BBC Music is doing an online petition to gather 10,000 signatures, which will result for the Government to respond. As of this writing, there are 4,937 signatures gathered. Here's the link.

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