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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.

Music is a low paid profession. Profit margins are small for all but the biggest acts. So anything that makes it harder or more expensive to work in the European Union will mean many British musicians not going there at all.

And with UK music venues closing at an alarming rate – the UK has lost a third of its venues in the last decade – European venues have become more important than ever to build a successful live career.

Take action now!

Make some noise for the Musicians’ Passport, a touring visa that will enable musicians to keep working in the EU post-Brexit.

  • Sign the petition
  • Send the postcard included in the latest edition of The Musician magazine
  • Haven’t got a postcard? Write to your MP

Sign the petition

Over 30,000 people have signed the petition for a Musicians’ Passport. Add your voice to the call.

Sign the petition now

Send the postcard

Are you an MU member? If so, you can find a postcard in the latest edition of The Musician magazine. Fill in your MP’s name at the top, sign the postcard with your name and full address, and put it in the post.

It’s especially important if your MP is new, as they are less likely to know that musicians working in the EU is an issue that they need to be aware of on behalf of their constituents. If you’re not sure who your new MP is, you can find out here.

Haven’t got a postcard? Write to your MP

Write to your MP at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. If you’re not sure who your new MP is, you can find out here.

Here’s some copy to get you started. Remember to add in a few lines about your experiences too – clearly explaining how it will affect you is key to getting Ministers and MPs to act:

Musicians rely on touring and performing in the European Union to make a living. They visit multiple countries on tour, often crossing borders daily and with very little notice.

Visa and customs rules post-Brexit need to account for this unique way of working. They need to reflect the fact that music is a highly skilled but low paid profession, and that there are many routes into the music industry.

Please support the Musicians’ Passport, an EU wide live music touring passport which lasts a minimum of two years, is free or at least affordable, covers all EU member states, annuls the need for carnets and other permits, and covers road crew and technicians.

Published: 13/12/2019

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