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A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Integrity Music UK's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Integrity Music UK is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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1INTEGRITY MUSIC UK |
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE
Managing Director Phil Loose
Integrity Music’s new home
in Brighton, UK
First established 50 years ago, Integrity Music is one of the
world’s leading song publishers in the area of Christian
and gospel music. For many people, the idea of Christian
music begins and ends with a song once sung at a school
assembly many years ago. Integrity would disagree: their team
champion this area of flourishing growth, working from a new
office in the heart of Brighton. Today, their digital platform
WeAreWorship.com has over 100,000 users and they distribute
their artists globally. Managing Director Phil Loose elaborates.
There can be no doubting the power that songs have in our lives. Yet for countless
Christians worldwide, the songs that they sing do not only help to define once-in-a-
lifetime moments; songs also play a vital role in teaching, inspiring and strengthening
faith. For the last half-century, we have dedicated ourselves to discovering, nurturing
and sharing songs with millions of Christians around theworld.
A solid past
Our story began 50 years ago. At a time when mainstream British music was taking
the world by storm, an underground Christian music scene was already thriving
across the UK. From it came Parchment, a three-piece band that reached number
31 in the UK charts in 1972 with their single “Light Up The Fire”. According to the
Church Copyright Licensing company, “Light Up The Fire” is still one of the most
popular songs sung in school assemblies today, yet its legacy goes even further.
Parchment songwriter and band member John Paculabo became the managing
director at record label Kingsway Music, which later became Integrity Music, and
FACTS ABOUT
INTEGRITY MUSIC UK
»Managing Director: Phil Loose
»Established in 1969
»Based in Brighton
»Services: Song publisher and
record label
»No. of employees: 19 in the
UK, 50 worldwide
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helped sign and release other artists
from the same underground scene,
which people were beginning to call
worship music.
It did not take long for the momentum
to build. New songs were emerging
across the country, and as Kingsway
Music, we were uniquely placed to
locate and share them among other
churches. Our work quickly went
international too, as the 1980s saw
the birth of the March for Jesus
events. From Australia to Argentina,
London to Los Angeles, Christians in
their millions marched to declare their
faith, singing worship songs by artists
from our roster. The event continues
today in Brazil where an annual public
holiday has been set aside for people
to celebrate their faith.
In 1997, 50,000 Christians gathered
in Wembley Stadium, singing worship
songs written and led by many of our
artists. This event attracted attention
from far and wide, leading to a
partnership with EMI Christian Music
Group, helping the songs from the
UK Christian worship movement to
travel to the USA – a country where
Christian music had enjoyed far
greater mainstream recognition than
almost any other. The songs were well
received, and over the last ten years,
our music catalogue, Thankyou Music,
has never had less than 45 per cent
of songs in the top ten of those sung
across all churches in the USA and UK.
In the UK, at times it has been as high
as 70 per cent in the past 18 years.
A strong present
Today, there are as many followers
of worship music in the UK as there
are fans of classical music. While the
decline in church attendance is well
documented, that is not the whole
story. All across the country there
are churches experiencing significant
growth, many with congregations
in the thousands. Not surprisingly,
it is in these thriving churches that
worship music is heard the loudest.
Time and time again we have seen that
these songs are a symptom – not a
cause – of a vibrant, outward-looking
church community. Whether opening
their doors at night to the homeless,
providing street pastors for busy town
centres at weekends, or running local
food banks, these growing churches
have become vital hubs of hope for the
community.
It is not just in the UK either. While
our political relationship with Europe
may be uncertain, the strength of
partnership across churches has never
been greater. We are working directly
with churches in countries around
the world, from the Netherlands to
India. Everywhere we work, we see the
power of songs to strengthen bonds
between Christians and churches,
allowing vision and experience to be
shared across borders. Governments
are taking notice: when a new
70,000-seater stadium is finally
completed later this year in Hungary,
the government has asked for the
first event held in the venue to be a
worship event.
Integrity Music family
filming for Songs of
Praise, March 2019
Today, there
are as many
followers of
worship music
in the UK as
there are
fans of
classical music
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Like the rest of the music industry,
we face numerous challenges: state
school funding of music education,
diminishing funding opportunities,
and the potential impact of Brexit
on artists’ work throughout Europe.
But as recent events in New Zealand
and Sri Lanka show, worshippers face
some unique risks. There can be costs
involved when worshipping in public,
and we encourage the government to
commit to working more closely with
faith-based communities to protect
freedom of religion.
A digital future
The growth of worship music over
the last 50 years has been rapid, and
the pace is only increasing. We now
have offices in Brighton, Frankfurt,
Nashville and Colorado Springs and
a rapidly expanding online platform,
WeAreWorship.com, enabling global
partnerships to thrive and helping
songs written in indigenous languages
to travel around the world. In fact,
one of our most searched-for worship
songs on our digital platform is written
in Hindi.
Since its launch five years ago,
WeAreWorship.com now has over
100,000 users. With each user based
in a different church, and an average
church membership of 192, that
means we have a choir of nearly
20 million people singing the songs
weshare.
But the real story about our growth is
not best told in figures or in the fact
that some of our writers are multiple
Grammy winners. It is best told
through songs like “10,000 Reasons”.
This simple song of thanks and
devotion has captured the imagination
of Christians on every continent.
Whether rich or poor, persecuted or
free, Christians the world over have
sung “10,000 Reasons” more than
any other song in recent years. Even
two Christians who were sentenced to
death in Indonesia in 2015 chose to go
to their deaths singing this song.
From our new offices in Brighton, our
Integrity Music Europe team continues
to search for new songs and share
them with Christians throughout the
world over, yet the reason for our
success goes way beyond sales and
marketing and partnerships. We are
thriving because of one simple reason:
these songs reflect the heartbeat of
the church as it finds a new voice and
sings as loud as ever.
We are
thriving
because of
one simple
reason: these
songs reflect
the heartbeat
of the church
as it finds a
new voice and
sings as loud
as ever
Prom Praise event at the
Royal Albert Hall, May
2019

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This article was sponsored by Integrity Music UK. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster