Musicians fret about Brexit
Brexit is causing major uncertainty among British musicians around their ability to work in the EU27/EEA. According to a survey conducted by the Incorporated Society of Musicians, close to half the music workforce says Brexit is having a negative impact on their professional life – and that’s before the UK has even left the EU.
“I used to get lots of offers of work from EU countries. This has virtually dried up since the referendum,” says one respondent.
“I’ve experienced a slow-down in bookings,” says another.
And 85% of musicians visit the EU27/EEA for work at least once a year, 22% go more than 11 times, and over one-third spend at least a month per year working in EU27/EEA countries.
That’s why the ISM is calling on the government to commit to preserving freedom of movement rights for musicians, or to establish a low-cost, admin-light, two-year multi-entry touring visa enabling them to tour easily between and within the UK and the EU27/EEA.
“As the situation is both critical and extremely fluid, it is unsurprising that 83% of respondents said it would be beneficial for a government department to provide a dedicated hotline for musicians to offer guidance on mobility issues,” the society says.