ISM welcomes Minister’s call for protected free movement for artists post-Brexit

The ISM welcomes the comments made by Nigel Adams, Minister of State for Sport, Media & Creative Industries, who said it was ‘absolutely essential that free movement for artists is protected post-2020’ in a Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday (21 January).

Acknowledging MPs’ comments about the threat to artists from any regulations, cost and bureaucracy imposed on touring in the EU, the Minister said:

‘Touring is absolutely the lifeblood of the industry and we recognise the importance of the continued ease of movement of musicians, equipment and merchandise once we’ve left the EU,” he said. ‘Visa rules for artists performing in the EU will not change until the implementation period ends in December 2020. But these are being considered, with other activity, and we welcome the views of [MPs] and the industry in respect of movement within Europe. It’s absolutely essential that free movement for artists is protected post-2020.’

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

‘For a number of years, the ISM has been highlighting the issues that will be confronting musicians post-Brexit, in a series of authoritative reports. We are delighted that the Government is listening.'

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.