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ISM back Carry on Touring's ‘get us back on tour’ open letter

Representatives of the ISM have joined over 1,600 creatives and signed an open letter calling on new Secretary of State for DCMS, Nadine Dorries MP, to help get the creative industries ‘back on tour’.

The letter, coordinated by campaign group ‘Carry on Touring’ and supported by the ISM, calls on the Government to fix the post-Brexit barriers preventing UK creatives being able to tour in Europe – including additional costs and red tape.

The letter rebuffs an August announcement from DCMS which claimed the Government had secured ‘visa free short-term touring in 19 member states’.

August’s announcement has previously been accused of being ‘misleading’.

The letter makes clear that the announcement from August does now represent 'a solution for UK touring professionals’ and states that ’we ask you [Nadine Dorries] for clarity not more chaos and confusion’ and goes on to highlight the example of Hungary where you need to apply for a residency permit for short-term work as a freelancer.

The letter calls for a ‘pan European EU visa and work permit waiver´ which is an policy that the ISM has been calling for. In May this year, over 100 organisations called on then Secretary of State Oliver Dowden to begin negotiating a ‘Visa Waiver Agreement’ but so far no progress has been made.

The letter ends by calling on the Government to work with the sector and its EU counterparts to get solutions for the UK’s touring professionals.

Responding ISM Chief Executive, Deborah Annetts said:

“For the good of the touring industry the Government should prioritise negotiating with the EU to secure a Visa Waiver Agreement and a better deal for the Creative industries.

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, artists should be planning future tours but are finding their path blocked by Kafkaesque red tape and restrictions.

A new Secretary of State means now is the time for new thinking and we hope that she will put getting Britain back on tour at the very top of her to do list.”

Signatories from the ISM include;

Deborah Annetts - ISM Chief Executive

Vick Bain - ISM President-elect
Marius Carboni - ISM Board member and university lecturer
Mahaliah Edwards - ISM Board member
Elizabeth Fagg - ISM, Board member
Ivor Flint - ISM Board member
Eugene Monteith - ISM Board member
Jeremy Huw Williams - ISM former President 2019-20