It can be useful to have examples of musicians and their experiences to share. Here are a few case studies from musicians – and where to find more.
I’d probably lose half of my income as a direct result of the loss of freedom of movement due to Brexit. I am established and successful. I shudder to think how anyone is going to be able to earn a decent income who is just starting out. – Catherine
As a 21 year-old cellist, I have been lucky enough to be able to perform around Europe for the last few years participating in festivals and solo recitals. These concerts are vital for creating contacts but due to being at the start of my career, are often not huge pay checks. I have been invited to Spain and Germany for two festivals this summer, this now means two sets of flights, different work permit/visa requirements and an ATA Carnet. I am still trying to work out if I can afford to go. – Maxim
Because of Covid travel restrictions I have given only two live performances within the EU since March 2020. I am extremely concerned that when these restrictions are eventually lifted the practical difficulties (red tape and associated costs) of touring post-Brexit will mean the permanent loss of two-thirds of my income. This would render a formerly viable career unsustainable, even more so when you consider that work at home has been so limited for the past year with no prospect of a return to anything like normal service in the foreseeable future and also that streaming which the public has relied upon to ease them through successive lockdowns is not adequately remunerated. – Sophia
Whatever the case for Brexit, there should be no unintended consequences damaging the cultural and artistic community of the UK, and with hope for recovery for that massively damaged sector, everything must be done to support it as touring abroad thankfully becomes possible again. – Jeremy
Read more stories from musicians and fans on the Musicians’ Passport petition, and in the latest Musicians’ Union-ISM report.