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To: Kemi Badenoch, Secretary of State for Business and Trade

UK Government: Stop Censoring Kneecap and Irish Art

Reverse your decision to block Kneecap from receiving public funding.

Why is this important?

On February 8th 2024, the UK government blocked a British Phonographic Industry (BIP) funding award that would help Belfast rap trio Kneecap to expand their music in global markets.

Their application was approved and signed off by an independent selection board, but he UK government overruled this decision. A spokesperson for Kemi Badenoch cited that the UK government "didn't want to hand out UK tax money to people that oppose the United Kingdom itself."

The British government blocking arts funding for a group because they aren't pro-union goes against the very essence of the Good Friday Agreement, artistic freedom and free speech. No government should be removing funding due to an artist’s position on constitutional the future of the north.

Belfast, UK

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2024-02-13 15:27:18 +0000

100 signatures reached

2024-02-13 14:49:48 +0000

50 signatures reached

2024-02-13 14:37:05 +0000

25 signatures reached

2024-02-13 14:30:17 +0000

10 signatures reached