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RECORDING ACADEMY AND BRITISH TRADES ON MANCHESTER

Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, BPI & BRIT Awards Chief Executive Geoff Taylor and UK Music Chief Executive Michael Dugher have all released statements on the terrorism in Manchester, calling on the power of music to unite and heal us all.

"As details continue to unfold, we remain deeply saddened by the tragic event that took place last evening in Manchester," shared Portnow. "Our community of music creators will band together, as we always do in the face of adversity, to continue to make and offer music that forms the soundtrack of our everyday lives, and which continues to provide inspiration - and hope - to so many. Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims, their families, and everyone impacted by this horrific act.

Taylor said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and music fans caught up in the horrific attack in Manchester. Music is a force for peace and love that unites us, however much those with hate in their hearts may try to divide us."

Dugher added: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this horrific attack. It is even more distressing that children and teenagers have been targeted... We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our brave emergency services and the venue staff. We know venues take security very seriously and do all they can to minimise risks, including training staff how to deal with major incidents. As a result of police investigations there will no doubt be a further review of these measures... Music has the power to bring people together and is so often a celebration of peace and love. We will not let terrorism and the politics of violence, hatred and division conquer that spirit."

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