Good news for musicians and the FreeMoveCreate campaign

The Government EU White Paper released today (Thursday 12 July 2018) is potentially good news for the creative industries as their contribution to the UK economy is explicitly recognised in the Government’s negotiating paper. It follows an intensive campaign, FreeMoveCreate, led by the ISM and our partners and the sharing of critical evidence with Government.

The White Paper sets out the Government’s plans for the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union and explicitly mentions mobility for musicians and proposes a new ‘UK-EU culture and education accord.’

Responding to the White Paper, Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) said:

We are delighted that the Government is listening to the creative sector and to musicians. The government has recognised the size and importance of our professions to the UK economy and society as a whole. We look forward to the development of a UK-EU culture and education accord. We have long called for continued participation in EU programmes for UK musicians and it is great new to see this has been taken on board. The explicit recognition of the importance of mobility for our creative industries is particularly welcome.

Deborah added:

‘The majority of professional musicians are self-employed and perform in small and medium events. While we welcome steps to allow temporary movement of goods for major gigs, any system that is developed must be practical and reflect the realities of all those working in the creative industries, including actors, artists and technicians, and for smaller scale musical events as well.’

Key extracts of the White Paper:

Point 25, Page 77: ‘The UK and the EU will also need provisions that allow for mobility in relation to these accords, for example enabling scientists to attend conferences and musicians to perform at concerts.’

Point 32, Page 78: ‘The UK is home to a world leading creative industries sector. The £66 billion fashion industry accounts for six per cent of our economy; UK qualifying films took £6.2 billion at the box office globally in 2017; and one in every eight albums bought worldwide was by a UK act.’

Point 35, Page 79: The UK proposes a new UK-EU culture and education accord that: provides for UK participation in EU programmes, and allows UK institutions to be partners, associates, or advisers to EU projects and vice versa;
facilitates continued UK membership of EU cultural groups and networks;
supports the restitution of cultural objects where these have been unlawfully removed; and, allows for the temporary movement of goods for major events.

Point 39, Page 79: ‘The temporary movement of goods and equipment is a priority for cultural, creative and sports sectors. This includes instruments used by touring musicians, objects and collections loaned between museums, and sporting equipment taken to competitive events.’