Joan McAlpine MSP has welcomed the backing of the lead singer of Scottish band The View, Kyle Falconer, for Scottish independence and endorsed his belief that independence would strengthen Scotland's music industry.
Mr Falconer is quoted in today's Sun newspaper, saying: "I think Scotland should be independent. People here are smart enough and capable enough to run their own country. And I think we could do a better job of it. There is so much talent in Scotland – we need to do more to promote what we have.
"An independent Scotland could have a stronger Scottish music industry which wasn’t so focused on London. If Scotland was in charge of its own broadcasting we could have radio stations with more Scottish music airplay to give new artists a better chance of making it."
The Dundee band's debut album, Hats Off to the Buskers, was released in January 2007 and within a week was at the top of the UK album charts. The album was nominated for that year's Mercury Prize. The band are currently recording their fourth album, which is provisionally due for release in summer this year.
SNP MSP for South Scotland Ms McAlpine said:
"I welcome Kyle Falconer to the growing list of public figures who are going on the record with their support for independence and I am particularly pleased that he recognises the boost that independence would provide for Scotland's music scene.
"He is quite right to note that having control of broadcasting in Scotland would be of enormous benefit to Scottish bands and artists. I have recently been campaigning for the retention of BBC radio's new music show Introducing in Scotland, which plays unsigned bands and has kick-started the careers of many Scottish bands, but which is under threat from a London-based controller who wants to axe it.
"If we had proper broadcasting powers in Scotland, we can be sure that Scottish artists would not be sidelined in this way - they would get real support from our national broadcasters.
"Art and culture are at the heart of the SNP's vision for independence, which is why Kyle Falconer and so many other artists recognise that independence would bring major cultural dividends for Scotland."