Brexit: what it means for you

The UK has voted to leave the EU.

On Wednesday 10 April, the UK was granted a flexible extension until Thursday 31 October for passing the Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union in Parliament. There is, however, still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

It is essential for you to think carefully about what Brexit could mean for your work, especially if you travel regularly to the EU27.

During this extension period until Thursday 31 October, your right to work in the EU remains the same.

While your rights as an EU citizen currently remain unchanged, large organisations, micro-businesses and freelancers are all making preparations for a no deal Brexit.

If we exit the EU without a deal in place, the current freedom of movement rules will end, meaning that it will be more expensive and more complicated for musicians and their instruments to cross borders. Pre-existing contracts with EU partners will need to be reviewed, as pieces of legislation could cease to apply after Brexit, meanings of definitions and terminology used in contracts might change and there may be financial consequences arising from fluctuations in currency, as well as new costs.

In the articles below we look at these issues in greater detail to help you understand how your work may be affected and to help you create contingency plans.

For further information, please read the Government's advice on the UK exiting the EU, which covers various topics.

Updated 11 April 2019.

'No deal' and social security contributions in an EU/EAA State

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A 'no deal' Brexit and its implication on social security contributions for ISM members working in an EU/EEA State

Brexit and Immigration: 'No deal' policy

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Read Fragomen Law Firm's advice on Brexit and changes to immigration.

​Rare and endangered materials in musical instruments: CITES and the rules for musicians

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Recent ISM Brexit statements

Save Music Campaign

The ISM's Save Music Campaign is calling for freedom of movement to be maintained for musicians after Brexit, or the introduction of a two-year working visa. Watch and share the video below, and visit the website to find out more and sign up as a campaign supporter.

ISM Brexit research

Musicians and Brexit PDF

Listen to our Brexit podcast

We spoke to Annabella Coldrick Chief Executive of the Music Managers Forum (MMF) about the impact of Brexit on the music industry, specifically from the Music Managers perspective and the possible issues touring artists and the industry will face.