31 January 2020 – the day the UK leaves the EU

  • The UK officially leaves the EU tonight at 11:00pm GMT and enters a transition period
  • UK citizens’ rights to travel and work in the EU remain the same until 31 December 2020
  • The ISM will continue to support its members, musicians and the wider music profession

Today (Friday 31 January) at 11.00pm GMT the UK will leave the European Union. As the UK has negotiated a withdrawal agreement with the EU, the UK will enter a transitional period until 31 December 2020. The Government then have 11 months to negotiate a trade deal and a new relationship with the EU.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians said:


‘During the next 11 months, the ISM will continue to do everything we can to support our members and the wider music profession with Brexit-related matters. This includes crucial, up-to-date advice, a bespoke Brexit essentials kit and most vitally, engaging with Government to highlight the issues confronting musicians post-Brexit.

We were delighted to hear Nigel Adams, Minister of State for Sport, Media & Creative Industries, say last week how ‘absolutely essential’ it was that ‘free movement for artists is protected post-2020’. On this historic day, we urge the Government to continue listening to the music industry and musicians.’

About the ISM

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK's professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music. Since 1882, we have been dedicated to promoting the importance of music and protecting the rights of those working in the music profession. We support approximately 10,000 musicians across the UK and Ireland with our unrivalled legal advice and representation, comprehensive insurance and specialist services. Our members come from all areas of the music profession and from a wide variety of genres and musical backgrounds. We campaign tirelessly in support of musicians’ rights, music education and the profession as a whole. We are a financially independent not-for-profit organisation with no political affiliation. This independence allows us the freedom to campaign on any issue affecting musicians.