ISM releases Manifesto for Musicians ahead of General Election 2019

Headline asks include the call for an all-encompassing deal to protect the music community in the event that Brexit goes ahead, which includes the introduction of a two-year, multi-entry visa for musicians

The ISM is the UK’s professional body for musicians, set up in 1882 to promote the art of music and to protect the interests of all those working in the music sector

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has today (8 November 2019) released its manifesto for musicians ahead of the General Election 2019.

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

'Our latest Brexit report 'Impact of Brexit on Musicians' demonstrates how much the music workforce depends on EU27/EEA countries for professional work, and reveals a profession who are deeply concerned about the future as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

We need to stay focused on ensuring that post-Brexit there is a comprehensive deal in place which will protect every aspect of the musician’s working life. This includes everything from a two-year, multi-entry visa to ensuring that musicians can take their instruments easily across the channel to work in the EU. At the moment there seems to be a huge number of obstacles in the path of our music community which will severely damage not just their livelihood but also the music sector.

Music knows no boundaries and it is vital Brexit does not put in place artificial rules and regulations that will deeply damage the music community for decades to come.'

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