Since the Save London Music Campaign was formed in February 2015, initially by a group of 30 odd music venues, studios, artists and promoters, we have greatly appreciated the support for our campaign from Robert Elms and his show.
When the campaign started, live music in London was facing a crisis. Our campaign set the objective of raising awareness of the challenges facing London venues and reversing the decline of live music in London. We campaigned for ‘agent of change’ legislation, made submissions to Parliamentary DCMS enquiry into live music and lobbied the Mayor of London to appoint a Night Time Tsar. We have also supported live music venues that are under threat and have managed to save several, using mechanisms such as getting venues declared assets of community value. 2019 London saw it’s most successful year for live music this century. Ourselves, the Music Venues Trust and many other local campaigns were starting to see the benefits of four years hard work. Roberts show was an integral part of this success.
At every stage Robert’s show has given us a platform to keep these issues in the minds and ears of Londoners. His show is probably the most important asset for new London artists on the radio. Many have made their first appearance on his show. Roberts knowledge of an eclectic array of musical genres from Reggae, Soul, Jazz, Pop, Rock to Punk and New Romantic is unsurpassed amongst local radio presenters. Robert can talk about artists and venues from first hand experience. Many such as Amy Winehouse, Gregory Porter and Ian Shaw had their first plays on Roberts show.
In short, his show is a significant cultural asset for London. A midweek slot is vital as people listen to this at work, especially whilst working at home. It gives us a focal point for our artistic community and a committed friend. We request that you reconsider your decision to move his show to a less important weekend slot. The show needs a six day a week profile to ensure that all of the issues facing London’s artistic and cultaural life are covered.
Anyone wishing to object to the decision is asked to sign the petition which has been started to save the show