Artists launch campaigns to save touring in Europe
Today, artists are campaigning to remove the administrative and financial barriers to touring in Europe with the publication of a joint letter to the Prime Minister and the launch of a new initiative called #LetTheMusicMove. This new effort to raise awareness of the new restrictions, fees and delays on European touring comes less than a week before Brexit Minister Lord Frost's rescheduled visit to Parliament.
Signed by influential artists as varied as Duran Duran, Mumford & Sons and Jessie Ware, the joint letter highlights the urgent need for action to simplify regulations, reduce costs and 'open the door to an exciting and vibrant future for UK talent'. It draws on ISM research to show that 44% of UK musicians were earning up to half of their earnings in the EU before COVID-19, and nearly a third spent more than 30 days in the EU for work per year. Ultimately this 'logistical nightmare' it explains will only be resolved if the Government adopts the proposals that the music sector already sent to the Prime Minister, in a previous letter earlier this year.
The new #LetTheMusicMove campaign is also backed by well-known performers, including Radiohead, Anna Meredith and Bob Geldoff. It invites all artists, music professionals and fans to call on the UK Government to adopt four steps:
1. Urgently deliver a Transitional Support Package (TSP) to cover new, additional costs for touring artists and crews in the EU.
2. Deliver long term solutions for UK artists and crew to continue working in all EU countries, without costly permits and bureaucracy.
3. Address restrictive new rules which limit UK vehicles to just three stops when touring in the EU.
4. Streamline entry routes into the UK for international artists and their crews.
Lord Frost and the Select Committee
Brexit Minister Lord Frost is due to answer questions from Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee next week, after postponing his original visit at short notice earlier this month. His visit is significant because it is a chance to throw some much-needed light on the confusion which still surrounds the implications of the UK-EU trade agreement for the music industry.
The DCMS Committee are well-versed in the problems raised by our sector and, as Lord Frost has declined to meet the ISM representatives, this is a vital opportunity to find out what the UK Government is doing to make sure the music sector is not destroyed by Brexit.
ISM Chief Executive Deborah Annetts, said:
‘We are delighted that world-renowned performers are campaigning to raise awareness and help emerging artists keep touring in Europe. The UK’s £5.8bn music sector is united in sending a clear message that the Government needs to urgently prevent further harm to the creative industries. Next week Lord Frost will face MPs and he must make a commitment to undo the extra costs, paperwork and restrictions created by the Brexit Deal he made with the EU.'