Why it matters
Nearly every musician will interact with the BBC at some point in their career.
The BBC is the single largest employer of musicians in the UK.
It supports 5 full time orchestras. It employs more than 400 contract musicians, and many hundreds on a freelance basis. It’s home to BBC Introducing, a vital part of the UK’s talent pipeline.
It plays more music than any commercial radio station. It supports Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra, Radio 1 Dance, Radio 1 relax, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6Music and the Asian Network alongside national, devolved and local talk radio across the UK. It hosts the world’s greatest classical music festival, the Proms.
And it is the main commissioner of new music in the UK – supporting music writers, session players and many more.
That’s not to say the BBC is always perfect. But it belongs to us, and without it UK music would not be the world leader that it is today.