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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

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.

Touring Members Advised to Read Entry Requirements for EU Countries

The MU has been sent the following links which members can follow to check entry requirements – including work permits – for 26 EU countries.

DCMS Release New Guidance for Touring Musicians in the Event of a No Deal Brexit

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has released a two-part advice guide for arts, cultural, creative, heritage and sports organisations on touring Europe after a no deal Brexit.

What Might a No Deal Brexit Mean for Musicians?

In this blog, Assistant General Secretary Phil Kear discusses what the DCMS’s newly published advice implies for British musicians in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Get Ready for Brexit Workshops For the Classical Music Industry

The ABO has secured a government Business Preparedness grant to help the classical music industry ‘Get Ready for Brexit’.

MU Delighted at Supreme Court Ruling

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has expressed delight at today’s Supreme Court decision that has ruled that Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament is not only unlawful, but also void.