British musicians call on government to tackle post-Brexit rules

British musicians call on government to tackle post-Brexit rules

British music artists & bands such as Radiohead, Biffy Clyro, the Chemical Brothers, & Annie Lennox are reportedly calling on the UK government to provide financial support for post-Brexit touring in the EU.

As per the terms of the Brexit agreement, all performing artists must carry work permits to earn money from concerts and performances in EU countries. They also must have a carnet to transport musical instruments and other goods across borders. Moreover, the UK-registered touring vehicles will be able to make only 3 stops prior to returning home, as the multi-stop tours are currently unviable.

In response to these new rules, more than 200 artists including Nitin Sawhney and Little Mix launched the ‘Let the Music Move’ initiative and called on the UK government to help build the future of the music industry. This initiative has been taken to mitigate the impacts of delays, costs, and restrictions on European touring.

Apart from the short-term transitional support package to assist artists in funding the expenses of their new paperwork, the initiative further calls for a renegotiation on their touring or a new bilateral agreement with every country in the EU to reduce costs and red tape.

The UK government recently announced a new deal to allow unimpeded touring to Liechtenstein, Norway, and Iceland. According to a spokesperson for the DCMS (Department for Culture, Media & Sport), it is aware of the challenges faced across the music sector and closely working with the individual member states to adopt a flexible approach.

Lord Frost, a Brexit negotiator, is due to provide evidence to a committee hearing of the DCMS on the government’s failure to negotiate the visa-free work for the performing artists in Britain. During the Brexit negotiations, Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, has revealed that the EU discarded a mutually beneficial agreement that would enable performers to tour across the continent without work permits.