BBC to collaborate with TaP Music for Eurovision 2022

October 21, 2021

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“In the U.K., our love for Eurovision is as big as ever and we have grand ambitions for the 2022 Contest, so we’re really excited to announce this collaboration that will enable us to tap into some great music talent.”

Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC

The BBC have announced that they will be teaming up with TaP Music, a music publishing and management company, to find the United Kingdom’s singer and song for Eurovision 2022 in Turin. 

Ben Mawson, the co-founder of TaP Music, has said of this new collaboration: “We’re really excited to be teaming up with the BBC for this event and will use Eurovision to authentically reflect and celebrate the rich, diverse and world-class musical talent the UK is globally renowned for.”

Speaking to Steve Holden of BBC Radio 1, Ben Mawson goes on to say: “We should focus on getting some really special music and a really special artist that represents Britain in the best possible way… Britain has a great track record of making amazing pop music and we should be doing as well as possible. Eurovision is not simple… but it’s not as political as people think.”

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most popular and most watched entertainment programmes on the BBC, something that Suzy Lamb, Managing Director for BBC Studios knows all to well: “BBC Studios are proud to once again be producing the coverage of the biggest music competition in world. We’re excited to be collaborating with TaP Music. Their expertise in managing world class artists and finding huge international hit records speaks for itself and we look forward to working with them on the UK act and song for the 2022 contest.” 

Who are TaP Music?

TaP Music is a global group of music companies that represents artists across the different branches of TaP: TaP Management, TaP Music Publishing and TaP Records. With headquarters in London and Los Angeles, TaP represents a number of international artists such as Lana Del Ray, Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding and Hailee Steinfeld.

Alongside these acts is British singer-songwriter and television presenter, Chelcee Grimes, is also signed to TaP Music as a singer and songwriter. Many British fans may remember that Chelcee was a commentator for the Eurovision 2021 semi finals alongside Scott Mills.

Bye Bye BMG

The move to TaP signals the end of the BBC’s collaboration with record label BMG for Eurovision, an end that came sooner than expected. After a mix of various different national finals and internal selections, the BBC announced in 2020 that they would be teaming up with BMG to find the United Kingdom’s Eurovision representative. James Newman was selected in 2020 with his song “My Last Breath”. After the cancellation of the contest, he was brought back for the 2021 contest.

It is not yet known how the United Kingdom’s Eurovision 2022 act will be selected as Hannah Neaves, Creative Director of TaP puts out an appeal to the music industry: “As of today – we’d like to appeal to the entire music industry to send to us acts for consideration – we can promise to put the best possible team around them on all fronts to give them not just a wonderful opportunity at Eurovision but hopefully for a long career ahead.”‎

What are your thoughts on the the BBC’s new collaboration with TaP? Which artist would you like to see flying the Union Jack in Turi next year? Let us know in the comments below!

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