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Protect Musicians' Rights Post Brexit

Let Touring Musicians Travel Post Brexit

Staying in the European Union is still the best option for musicians. Act now to protect music and musicians working in the EU.

The Musicians’ Passport

We need an EU-wide touring visa for musicians working in the EU post-Brexit.

This Musicians’ Passport must:

  • Last a minimum of two years
  • Be free or cheap
  • Cover all EU member states
  • Get rid of the need for carnets and other permits
  • Cover road crew, technicians and other staff necessary for musicians to do their job

Add your voice to the call.

Sign the petition for a Musicians’ Passport


Why do we need a Musicians’ Passport?

Most musicians rely on performing and touring in the European Union to make a living.

Some members, like Anneke, make their living working in the EU as freelance players. She needs to cross borders on a daily basis, often with very little notice.

Others rely on the ability to tour in 27 other countries to build their fanbases, sell tickets and merch, and grow their careers. They will visit multiple countries, crossing borders every day or few days. They often visit the same country more than once. And they will travel with the instruments and equipment they need to do their job.

The same is true for musicians who work for orchestras and theatre producers on touring productions. Without clarity, the business of touring could be irrevocably damaged.

Musicians need to know if they can fulfil their work commitments and book new work in the EU after 31 October.

Support the Musicians' Passport

Tell us your Brexit thoughts, questions or concerns. Email Maddy Radcliff, MU Campaigns & Public Affairs Official at

The MU is fighting hard to retain mobility, funding, copyright and workers rights and employment status for EU nationals but it’s really important you get involved.

Horace Trubridge, MU General Secretary Elect

Brexit News

Next Steps for Musicians Following the General Election

The Conservatives have won an overall majority in the general election. It’s now almost certain that we will get a Tory Brexit, which means musicians are likely to face new barriers to working in the EU post-Brexit.

Quiz Your Candidates: Make Sure You’re Voting for the Best Deal for Musicians

In a matter of weeks, the UK will be going to the polls for the third time in four years. The reason? The EU referendum in June 2016, which irrevocably changed our country and our politics and has made it almost impossible for parliament to agree or to function properly.

Music Industry Contributes £5.2 Billion to UK Economy – new figures reveal

UK Music’s inaugural Music By Numbers report was published today (20 November) and reveals the key role music plays in the economy.

Be Sure Your Voice is Heard: Register to Vote

A general election is coming. With Brexit still looming on the horizon, it is more important than ever that your voice is heard.

New Brexit Deal Does Nothing for Musicians says MU

New Brexit Deal published today (Thursday 17 October) does not deal with issues for musicians which have been pointed out by the MU and others.

DEFRA Releases Update on CITES Permit Applications Ahead of Brexit

Members planning to travel after Brexit with musical instruments that fall under the protected species guidelines are advised to apply for permits as soon as possible.