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Protect the BBC

Can you imagine a world without the BBC?

The Conservative government is preparing its policy on the BBC's future. The Green Paper published by government raises concerns that the BBC's funding will be cut again, or that it will be significantly downsized. The effect that this might have on employment opportunities for musicians could be catastrophic.

We are fighting for the BBC, but we need your help.

Please get involved in the campaigns below.


#LetItBeeb is calls on Government to protect the vital and diverse music services provided by the BBC.

Did you know:

  • The BBC is the single biggest employer of MU members in the UK?
  • The BBC is the biggest commissioner of new music in the UK?
  • The BBC supports the best emerging talent through competitions like Young Musician of the Year, platforms like BBC Introducing, and awards like Sound Of…?

Please sign and share the #LetItBeeb petition

We need 10,000 signatures to get the Government to respond, and 100,000 signatures to get a debate in Parliament about the value of BBC music services.

You can also follow #LetItBeeb on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

#LetItBeeb is organised by UK Music, which the MU is a member of alongside managers, record labels and all aspects of the music industry. Artists supporting #LetItBeeb include Muse, Sir Paul McCartney, 5 Seconds of Summer, Naughty Boy, Birdy, Sting, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, New Order, James Bay, Nicola Benedetti, Boy George, Disclosure, Rita Ora, Annie Lennox, David Arnold, Brian Eno and many more.

BBC: Love It Or Lose It

BBC: Love it Or Lose It calls on the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to save the BBC, keep it independent, free of adverts and to protect its mandate to make programmes that represent all aspects of society.

  • The BBC is watched and listened to by 96% of the UK population.
  • Two thirds of all UK adults listen to BBC Radio.
  • Half of all UK adults use BBC Online each week.

The whole world wishes they had the BBC – you have it. Don’t let them kill it off!

Please sign and share the BBC: Love it or Lose it petition.

You can also follow the campaign on Facebook

BBC: Love It or Lose It is a joint campaign with BECTU, Equity, The Writers’ Guild, National Union of Journalists and Unite.

Backing the BBC

Broadcast Now is asking everyone who supports the BBC to sign the Backing the BBC pledge.

The pledge calls for a licence fee that supports the BBC as the cornerstone of Britain’s creative industries, and an open and transparent charter renewal process.

Please sign and share the pledge