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Jeane Freeman MSP backs musicians in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley to get the best possible deal from Brexit 

Published date : 08 Nov 2017

Jeane Freeman MSP backs musicians in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley to get the best possible deal from Brexit 

Musicians are very concerned that the Brexit process may lead to the introduction of individual member state work permits and/or visas for British musicians touring and working across Europe. 

Most professional musicians and performers rely on touring and travelling for their careers and livelihoods and gigs are often organised at short notice. 

As some performers can be working in several different European countries over the course of a few days, the possible introduction of work permissions and/or visas for British musicians touring and working in Europe could be extremely detrimental.

The Musicians’ Union launched its free movement campaign in Spring 2017. 

Over 150 MSPs, MPs, Peers and MEPs have signed the pledge to do all they can to ensure musicians can travel freely and easily post-Brexit for time-limited activities such as touring and performing, with minimum administrative burdens. 

A petition launched in September has attracted over 19,000 signatures, with the majority of people signing via a Change.org petition.

The MU is also encouraging all musicians to share their experiences of touring, performing, teaching and other work in the EU on social media using the hashtag #WorkingInTheEU. 

The creative industries are worth over £87bn in GVA to the UK economy – more than oil and gas, life sciences and aerospace combined – and is the fastest-growing sector of the economy, employing 1 in 11 people. 

The UK has the largest cultural economy in the world relative to GDP, is the largest producer of recorded music in Europe, and is the second largest exporter of music (after the US). 

It is vital we get the best possible deal for the sector in a number of areas that have been so critical to its success – the ability to tour and trade easily with the UK’s largest export market and to attract talent, IP protection, EU arts funding, workers’ rights and the rights of EU citizens in the UK.

Jeane Freeman MSP says: “I’ve added my support for professional musicians and performers in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, and will urge the UK Government to ensure that they can continue to be able to travel easily across Europe post-Brexit for touring and performing with minimum administrative burdens”.

Horace Trubridge, Musicians’ Union General Secretary says: “British musicians have long enjoyed easy access to touring in Europe, as UK venues and festivals have benefited from easy access to European performers. We know from touring in the US elsewhere, that visas and other restrictions impose significant costs and administration, and occasionally considerable financial loss when visas aren’t processed in time. We are calling on MPs and the Government to help secure a deal that will ensure ease of movement for touring and performing post-Brexit”.  

ENDS

Photo: Jeane Freeman MSP at the Musicians’ Union photocall in Holyrood. 

For further information on the Musicians’ Union contact Caroline Sewell on caroline.sewell@theMU.org or 07791 614 727

NOTES TO EDITOR:

The Musicians' Union was established in 1893 and represents over 30,000 musicians working in all genres of music.  As well as negotiating on behalf of its members with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for professional and student musicians of all ages. Find out more via www.theMU.org

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