Music Industry Unites to Save Touring in Europe Ahead of Crucial Parliament Debate
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The largest bodies representing musicians, the Musicians' Union and the Incorporated Society of Musicians, are jointly calling for improved touring arrangements after Brexit. As MPs debate a petition with almost 283,000 signatures, there is a growing consensus around reducing the additional costs and bureaucracy which threaten the viability of performing in Europe.
The MU and the ISM have already held constructive high-level meetings with politicians and civil servants in the UK Government and we hope that this positivity will now be matched by a willingness by the EU to address concerns including:
Short term work: Each EU Member State can now choose to require both a visa and a work permit when UK citizens enter for paid work. Although a number of EU countries offer exemptions for cultural activities, many do not, making touring costly and planning a logistical nightmare. It also makes performing at short notice in some countries virtually impossible.
Customs: There is still uncertainty around transporting certain instruments and equipment, and whether some musicians will need to purchase an expensive customs document (called an 'ATA Carnet'). The cost depends on the value of the goods but starts at around £400 when factoring in the security bond.
Logistics: New cabotage rules now make it much harder to organise tours from the UK with large vehicles.
The UK will meet with the EU later this week to discuss problems with application of the Brexit agreement, which presents an opportunity to urgently review touring rules.
Horace Trubridge, Musicians' Union General Secretary, said:
ISM Chief Executive Deborah Annetts said:
Source Musicians Union
February 7, 2021 10:00pm ET by Pressparty