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BRITs Week 2016

This February, we continue our partnership with the BPI and AEG to support BRITs Week.

BRITs Week builds on the appeal of The BRIT Awards to showcase the talent of London’s music and creative sectors, and highlights London’s position as a global cultural capital and visibly supports London’s position as a highly liveable city.

London First research demonstrates the importance of the creative industries to our economy. As a whole, the sector was the largest contributor to London’s GVA growth between 2009 and 2012 and since then has continued to out-perform the rest of the economy.

In celebration of the most prestigious night in the UK music calendar, BRITs Week will host a series of special one-off gigs and events in London in the days leading up to the main event on Wednesday 24th February.

Three shows will be individually curated by Warner Music UK, Sony Music UK and Universal Music UK, with a fourth curated by independent record labels. One ticket price will apply for all shows and a contribution from all tickets will once again go to War Child.

Line up details for all shows will be announced soon, but nominees for the awards were announced Thursday night, with Adele, Coldplay and Florence + the Machine all nominated for MasterCard British Album of the Year. The full list of nominees can be found here.

A ‘Creative Network’ event will return on 22 February at the Hospital Club which will incorporate key organisations and players from not only the UK music industry, but also the fashion, tech, arts, gaming and film industries, in what is the most high-profile focus on British arts and culture of the year.

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said that BRITs Week is a celebration of the huge benefits that the creative industries brought to the capital.

“The British music industry is one of the anchor tenants of the creative economy contributing £4.1bn and employing 117,000 people.

“Music supports more than just artists – it is a complex ecosystem of composers, publishers, producers and live venues whilst also playing a central role in the wider creative industries, be it in film, games, or television.

“The future is creative – jobs in the creative industries are growing faster relative to London’s economy. BRITs week showcases the brightest emerging and established talent, fuelling the creative driving force of London and the UK’s economy.”

Contact: Tim Scott, tscott@londonfirst.co.uk

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