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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.

Published: 13 December 2019 | 12:00 AM Updated: 12 July 2021 | 5:52 PM

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.

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Over 30,000 people have signed the petition for a Musicians’ Passport. 

Get involved with our campaign

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.

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Published: 23 November 2021

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