Brexit's music discord
The Musicians Union wants the UK government to roll out a European Union touring visa for musicians working in the EU post-Brexit. The association says it would like to see a visa that’s affordable, multi-entry and admin-light and that covers all EU member states.
The MU believes Brexit could severely affect its members' abilities to earn a living.
"Music, and the performing arts more generally, rely on exchange of ideas and interaction between performers of different nationalities,” says Horace Trubridge, MU general secretary. “We love working in the EU and we love artists coming over here. If musicians can't travel easily both ways, our reputation as a country that embraces all arts and culture will be severely damaged.”
A hard Brexit could reduce the number of skilled cultural sector workers coming to the UK, according to a recent report. Brexit: Movement of people in the cultural sector, from a House of Lords committee, warns that such a cut would be a significant loss to audiences that enjoy seeing talent from across Europe performing in Britain.