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Tell Your New MP About the Musicians’ Passport

The MU is fighting for musicians’ rights to keep working in the EU post-Brexit. We’re calling for a Musicians’ Passport – and more than 40,000 people have signed the petition to show their support.

Published: 22 January 2020 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:30 PM
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It’s easy to invite your MP to a drop-in event covering the Musicians' Passport. Find out more below. Photo credit: Shutterstock

We’ve also had lots of support from MPs. But we need support from new MPs who won their seats in the last election. Right now, they might not know the challenges facing musicians or our sector. And they need to know that you, as their constituent, care.

  • Is your MP one of the new ones? Invite them to our next drop-in event in Parliament, details below.
  • Is your MP not one of the new ones? Invite them anyway, so we can update them on the Musicians’ Passport and what we need to do to get it.

Invite your MP to the Musicians’ Passport drop in

It’s easy to invite your MP to the drop-in event:

  • Find your MP via WriteToThem
  • Send them the following message: As a musician and Musicians’ Union member in your constituency, I would like you to speak to the Musicians’ Union at the Performers Alliance APPG drop in event looking at the key issues for creative workers in future relationship negotiations with the European Union on Tuesday 4 February at 12–2pm in the Jubilee Room. I am concerned about how musicians will be able to keep working in the EU post-Brexit.
  • Add your story, your concerns and your experiences to make it more personal

MPs are ultimately accountable to their constituents - which means you have the power to make the listen. We've written to MPs inviting them to attend, but they are much more likely to come if you ask them to as well.

The Musicians’ Passport

Over 40,000 people are calling for an EU-wide Musicians’ Passport for musicians working in the EU post-Brexit. Like a touring visa, it also overcomes some of the other challenges that musicians will face. 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
  • Be reciprocal, so that artists based in the EU can share their music in the UK too

Sign the petition and help get us to 50,000.