David Joseph, Geoff Travis and music biz figures urge UK to stay in Europe

David Joseph, Chairman and CEO, Universal Music UK

Universal Music UK boss David Joseph and Rough Trade co-founder Geoff Travis are amongst 282 signatories of an open letter urging the British public to vote for their homeland to remain in the EU.

Britain will vote on June 23 whether to leave or remain in Europe, with the latest polls putting the result too close to call.

The Leave campaign is being led by the likes of Boris Johnson, former mayor of London, plus fellow MPs Michael Gove and Iain Duncan-Smith.

The Remain campaign is backed by the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, as well as Chancellor George Osborne and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Now 282 names from Britain’s creative industries have lent their support to the Remain cause.

“Britain is not just stronger in Europe, it is more imaginative and more creative.”

‘Britain stronger in Europe’ Open letter

In addition to Joseph (pictured) and Travis, other music biz signatories include artists such as Paloma Faith, Rudimental, Franz Ferdinand and Editors, as well as FAC leader Sandie Shaw and manager Jonathan Shalit OBE.

The likes of Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, the Co-Chairmen of Working Title Films; and Gail Rebuck, the Chair of Penguin Random House UK, have also backed Remain.

Signatories from across film, music, theatre, literature, dance, design, the arts, and fashion have under-signed the letter, which says:

“From the smallest gallery to the biggest blockbuster, many of us have worked on projects that would never have happened without vital EU funding or by collaborating across borders. Britain is not just stronger in Europe, it is more imaginative and more creative, and our global creative success would be severely weakened by walking away.

“From the Bard to Bowie, British creativity inspires and influences the rest of the world. We believe that being part of the EU bolsters Britain’s leading role on the world stage.

“Let’s not become an outsider shouting from the wings.”

Below you can see the list of 282 signatories, with select music biz names bolded:

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Actor
Abi Morgan, Writer
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Artists
Adrian Scarborough, Actor
Akram Khan Dancer, choreographer
Alexandra Shulman, OBE Editor-in-chief, British Vogue
Alfonso Cuarón Director, screenwriter, producer
Alistair Spalding, CBE Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells
Allie Esiri Poetry anthologist, director of iLiterature
Allon Zloof Creative Director, Tom Smarte London
Alt J (Gus Unger-Hamilton, Joe Newman, Thom Green), Musicians
Amahra Spence*, Director of MAIA Creatives
Amanda Levete, Architect
Amanda Nevill*, CEO, The British Film Institute
Andrew Hurst, Chief Executive One Dance UK
Andrew Kötting, Artist
Andy Harries, Producer / Chief Executive, Left Bank Pictures
Anna Maxwell Martin, Actor
Anna Schmitz, Executive Producer of Told By An Idiot
Annoushka Ducas MBE, Jewellery designer and entrepreneur
Anoushka Shankar, Musician
Anthony Burrill, Designer
Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Actor
Arlene Phillips, CBE Choreographer
Asif Kapadia Filmmaker
Baroness Oona King*, Channel 4 Diversity Executive
Bella Freud, Designer
Ben Evans, Director of the London Design Festival
Ben Harris, Publicist / Founder Run Music
Ben Rivers, Artist
Benedict Cumberbatch CBE, Actor
Benjamin Caron, Director
Bill Nighy, Actor
Bob and Roberta Smith, Artist
Brian Blessed, Actor
Bridget Floyer, Independent Producer
Bryony Gordon, Writer
Caro Newling, President of the Society of London Theatre
Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate
Carol Main MBE, Director, Live Music Now Scotland/International Development (UK)
Caroline Skinner, Executive producer
Carrie Cracknell, Theatre director
Charles Finch, CEO, Finch and Partners
Charles Saumarez Smith, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts
Charlotte Mendelson, Novelist
Chiwetel Ejiofor CBE, Actor
Chris Dercon, Director of Tate Modern
Chris Jackson, Author
Christine Molloy, Director
Christopher Wright, Actor
Cornelia Parker, Artist
Dame Harriet Walter, Actor
Dame Hilary Mary Mantel, DBE FRSL Writer
Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, Actress
Dame Marina Warner, Writer
Dame Pippa Harris DBE, Film and TV producer
Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE, Fashion designer and activist
Daniel Fletcher, Menswear designer
Daniel Rubin, Executive Chairman, The Dune Group
Danny Boyle, Director
Dave Haslam, DJ and Author
Dave Price, Composer
David Adjaye, Architect
David Arnold, Film composer
David Batchelor, Artist
David Heyman, Producer
David Joseph, CBE Chairman and Chief Executive of Universal Music UK
David Jubb*, Artistic Director & CEO of Battersea Arts Centre
David Lan, Artistic director of the Young Vic
David Morrissey, Actor
David Oyelowo OBE, Actor
David Puttnam, Film producer
David Sproxton CBE, Executive Chairman, Aardman Animations studio
David Yates, Film director
Deborah Bull*, Assistant Principal (London) King’s College London
Deborah Dawton, Chief Executive of the Design Business Association
Declan Donnellan, Artistic Director, Cheek by Jowl
Dominic Cooke CBE, Director
Dominic West, Actor
Douglas Gordon, Artist
Dr. Sandie Shaw Chair, Featured Artist Coalition
Ed Simons, Musician
Eddie Izzard, Comedian
Edie Campbell, Model
Editors, Musicians
Edward Hall, Artistic Director Hampstead Theatre
Elizabeth Karlsen, Producer and co-founder of Number 9 Films
Elizabeth Price, Artist
Emily Eavis, Co-organiser of the Glastonbury Festival
Eric Fellner, Co-Chairman, Working Title Films
Fabrizio Zappaterra, Chairman, Temperley London, and Director, Hunter Boot Limited
Felix Barrett, Founder and artistic director of Punchdrunk
Fergus Linehan*, Director of the Edinburgh International Festival
Francesca Hayward, Ballet Dancer
Franz Ferdinand (Alex Kapranos, Bob Hardy, Nick McCarthy, Paul Thomson), Musicians
Gail Rebuck, British Publisher, Chair of Penguin Random House UK
Gary Hume, Artist
Gavin Turk, Artist
Geoff Dyer, Author
Geoff Travis, Rough Trade Founder and co-Managing Director Rough Trade Records
George Longly, Artist
George Want, Directr
Glenn Brown, Artist
Greg Hilty, Director, Lisson Gallery
Hannah Pescod, Producer and co-founder, Bandstand Productions
Hans Ulrich Obrist*, Curator, Artistic Director at the Serpentine Galleries, London
Heidi Thomas, Writer
Helena Bonham Carter, Actor
Heydon Prowse, Satirist
Hot Chip, Musicians
Howard Davies, Director
Hussein Chalayan Designer
Iain Archer, Producer / songwriter/ artist and visiting Professor, Leeds College of Music
Ian Livingstone CBE, Video Games Entrepreneur and Author
Ian McEwan, Novelist and screenwriter
Ilan Eshkeri, Composer
Ilse Crawford, Founder and Principal of Studioilse
Imran Amed, Founder and CEO The Business of Fashion
Jack Thorne, Writer
James Capper, Sculptor
James Daunt Founder, Daunt Books
Jamie Bell, Actor
Jamie Byng, CEO of Canongate Books and founder of Letters Live and World Book Night
Jamie Lloyd, Director and producer, founder of The Jamie Lloyd Company
Jamie MacColl, Musician, Bombay Bicycle Club
Jarvis Cocker, Musician & broadcaster
Jason Watkins, Actor
Jatinder Verma, Artistic Director, Tara Arts
Jay Jopling, Founder of White Cube
Jeff McMillan, Artist
Jefferson Hack, CEO & Co-Founder, Dazed Media
Jenny Agutter, OBE Actor
Jeremy Deller, Artist
Jess Search, Chief Executive BRITDOC
Jessie Ware, Artist
Jo Brand, Comedian
Joanna Hogg, Director
Joe Murphy, Artistic director, Good Chance Theatre
Joe Robertson, Artistic director, Good Chance Theatre
Joe Wright, Director
John Kampfner, CEO, Creative Industries Federation
John le Carré, Author
John Madden, Director
John Pawson, Designer
Jolyon Rubinstein, Satirist
Jonathan Reekie, CBE*, Director of Somerset House Trust
Joseph Mount (Metronomy), Musician
Joseph Richardson, Actor, Musician and Puppeteer
Josh Berger CBE*, President and Managing Director, Warner Bros UK and Ireland, and Chairman of the British Film Institute
Jude Kelly CBE*, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre
Jude Law, Actor
Juliet Stevenson, Actor
June Sarpong, MBE Broadcaster, campaigner
Kanya King, MBE Founder and CEO of the MOBO Organisation
Kate Mosse, Novelist and playwright
Kate Unsworth, Founder and CEO VINAYA
Katharine Hamnett, Fashion designer
Kathy Lette, Author
Katie Mitchell, Director
Katie Moore, Actor
Keira Knightley, Actor
Keith Milow, Artist
Kelly Hoppen MBE, Interior designer, author and entrepreneur
Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp, OBE Chief Executive, The Place
Kerry Hudson, Author
Kevin Macdonald, Director
Kevin O’Hare* Director, The Royal Ballet
Kit Neale, Fashion designer
Koo Jeong, Artist
Laura Bailey Model, writer, Contributing Editor; British Vogue
Laura Wade, Playwright
Laura Wright, Singer
Lee Hall, Dramatist
Lisa-Marie Hoctor, Performer and Co-Artistic Director of Mighty Heart Theatre Company
Louisa Hutton, Artist
Marcus Davey OBE, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, The Roundhouse
Martha Freud, Artist
Martin Parr, Photographer/curator
Mary Swan, Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Proteus
Mat Whitecross, Director
Matthew Baker, Head of acquisitions, HanWay Films
Matthew Hale, Artist
Matthew Herbert, Musician
Meike Ziervogel, Publisher at Peirene Press
Michael Craig-Martin, Artist
Michael Frayn, Writer
Michael Mack, Publisher
Michael Morpurgo, Author
Michael Morris and James Lingwood, Co-Directors, Artangel
Michael Winterbottom, Director
Mike Leigh OBE, Writer and director
Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, Co-founders of Belarus Free Theatre
Nicholas Hytner, Director
Nick Dear, Playwright
Nick Ormerod, Artistic Director, Cheek by Jowl
Nicolai Schumann, Founding Director, Alice’s Pig
Nicolas Brown, Producer
Nicolas Kent, Director/producer; ex- Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre
Nicole Farhi, Sculptor
Nigel Carrington*, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London
Nik Powell, Producer
Nina Gold, Casting Director
Nitin Sawhney, Musician
Noel Clarke, Actor, director, writer
Noel Qualter, Producer/writer, Cineman Films
Ol Parker, Screenwriter and Director
Orlando von Einsiedel, Director
Paloma Faith, Artist
Patricia Rodriguez and Merce Ribot, Little Soldier Productions
Patrick Grant, Designer
Paul Hosking, Artist
Paul Roseby, National Youth Theatre, director
Paul Williams OBE, Director, Stanton Williams
Pawel Pawlikowski, Director
Pete Czernin, Producer, Blueprint Pictures
Peter Florence, MBE Director, Hay Festival
Peter Morgan, Writer
Peter Rice, Sound Design
Peter Strickland, Director
Philip Pullman, Writer
Polly Stenham, Writer
Professor Eyal Weizman, Architect and Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture
Professor Jonathan Shalit, OBE Chairman, ROAR Group
Professor Tom Inns*, Director of the Glasgow School of Art
Rhodri Meilir, Actor
Richard Curtis, Writer and Director
Richard Gregory, Artistic Director of Quarantine
Richard Rogers, Architect
Richard Wentworth, Artist
Robert Montgomery, Artist and Poet
Ron Arad, Designer
Amir Amor and Piers Aggett (Rudimental), Musicians
Russ Shaw, Founder, Tech London Advocates
Sabrina Guinness, Producer
Sally Wainwright Writer, Director and Executive Producer
Sam Taylor-Johnson, OBE Film Maker, Artist
Sam Thorne Director, Nottingham Contemporary
Samuel Hodges, Director/CEO of Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
Samuel West, Actor
Sandi Toksvig OBE, Founder of the Women’s Equality Party, author, comedian and presenter
Sara and Leonie Lowri, The Eggs Collective
Sarah Solemani, Actress and writer
Saul Dibb, Director
Shaun McDowell, Artist
Shirazeh Houshiary, Artist
Simon Patterson, Artist
Simon Stephens, Writer
Sir Anish Kapoor, Sculptor
Sir David Chipperfield, CBE RA RDI RIBA Architect
Sir Derek Jacobi CBE, Actor
Sir John Hurt CBE, Actor
Sir John Sorrell CBE, Chairman of Creative Industries Federation
Sir Matthew Bourne, Artistic Director, New Adventures
Sir Patrick Stewart, Actor and activist
Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE, Playwright and screenwriter
Sonia Friedman, Producer
Sophie Fiennes, Director, producer
Sophie Okonedo, Actor
Stephen Daldry CBE, Director and Producer
Stephen Frears, Director
Stephen Woolley, Producer, director
Steve Coogan, Actor, Producer, Writer
Steve McQueen, Artist
Susannah Tresilian, Theatre director and founder of Ariadne
Tacita Dean, Artist
Tara Robinson, Artistic Director of The Conker Groups
Thandie Newton, Actress
Thea Sharrock, Director
Thomas Heatherwick, Designer
Tim Bevan, Co-chairman, Working Title Films
Tim Pigott-Smith, Actor, director, writer
Tom Geens, Director
Tom Harper, Director
Tom Hooper, Director
Tommy Franzén, Dancer
Tony Bevan, Artist
Tracey Emin, Artist
Tracey Seaward, Producer
Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, London
Vicky Ireland, MBE Vice Chair of Action for Children’s Arts
Wayne McGregor, CBE, Choreographer and founder of Studio Wayne McGregor
WIlliam Nicholson, OBE, Writer
Wolfgang Tillmans, RA Artist
Yana Peel*, CEO of the Serpentine Galleries

*These people have agreed to sign the letter in a personal capacityMusic Business Worldwide

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