Music industry to keep opt-out

first_imgThe UK and Netherlands led calls for the Union to give up its music ‘opt-out’ in talks at the World Trade Organisation aimed at liberalising markets.But they were defeated by a coalition led by France and Italy, which wants to ensure that non-English-language acts and classical artists remain eligible for subsidies to compete with mainstream pop acts supported by global record labels.Michel Lambot, president of the Independent Music Companies Association, said: “We are delighted…the EU now retains the freedom to adopt policies for the purpose of promoting and preserving musical diversity and consumer choice.”last_img