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Protect Musicians Rights Post Brexit

The Musicians' Union (MU) is working hard to represent you during the Brexit process.

Since the referendum, we have worked closely with MPs and Lords, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the music industry to protect musicians’ careers in the Brexit negotiations.

Our five key issues are protecting working musicians’ right to travel, copyright protection, workers’ rights, the rights of EU citizens in the UK, and arts funding.

The campaign is in full swing. And your support is essential.  

The end of free movement

The ability to travel and work freely and easily in the EU is of paramount importance to our members.

That is why we could not support the most recent Brexit deal. The MU will oppose any Brexit which removes freedom of movement for musicians.

We continue to fight for freedom of movement, or at the very least – a simple, cheap and admin-light EU touring visa for musicians and performers.

Thank you to everyone who has signed our petition for freedom of movement and a touring visa so far. That’s over 40,000 signatures in support of musicians working in the EU post-Brexit.

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

There are lots of other ways to get involved in your Union, from attending events to supporting campaigns or joining committees where your voice has a real impact on what we do. Take a look at the options, and get involved.

The Brexit negotiations are going to be lengthy and complex, and there are many potential risks for musicians.

The MU will be 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

Musicians’ Union Support for the People’s Vote March

The Musicians' Union (MU) will have a presence at the People’s Vote march in London on 23 March, and has t-shirts and placards available for members who plan to attend.

Labour Party Backs a Second Referendum

The Musicians’ Union (MU) welcomes Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement that the Labour Party backs a second referendum, in line with Labour policy decided by members and affiliate trade unions at Labour Party Conference in September.

Musicians’ Union (MU) Publishes new Advice Hub for Members’ on the Effects of Brexit

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has added a new section to the website, with the aim of answering queries and concerns that musicians may have during the Brexit process.

Call for Information from Musicians who Have Been Denied Settled Status

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has received a report of a musician denied settled status after spending more than twenty-five years living and working in the UK.

Musicians' Union Welcomes Result of Vote on Withdrawal Agreement

Theresa May’s proposed Withdrawal Agreement has tonight been soundly defeated in the House of Commons.

Britain’s Creative Industries Break the £100 Billion Barrier

New statistics from the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport show that the UK’s roaring creative industries have made a record contribution to the economy in 2017 – smashing through the £100 billion mark.