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Let Touring Musicians Travel: Support Musicians Working in the EU

Another day … another petition.

Following from the Coronavirus, The Brexit Deal is next in line to deliver a blow to the music industry and its musicians.

88,490 have signed. Let’s get to 100,000!

… And with it comes another stab for the music industry. In an industry that is already lacking clarity for musicians working in the EU, The Musicians Union is continuing its efforts of support by calling on the Government to back a Musicians’ Passport. With most musicians and performers relying on touring and performing in the European Union to make a living, the Musicians’ Passport should cover all EU member states, remove the need for additional permits and reduce the travel expenditures between one border and another.

Through all of this, it seems that the “costly bureaucracy” will make touring simply unviable for the majority of UK artists – only the elite, popular and affluent will be to venture through the EU for touring. It will severely deliver a hammer blow to the DIY and upcoming artists yet again who rely on touring to survive – even Non-UK musicians themselves, need permits to perform in the UK.

“Music and the performing arts rely on exchange of ideas and interaction between performers of different nationalities. We love working in the EU and we love artists coming over here. If musicians can’t travel easily both ways, our reputation as a country that embraces all arts and culture will be severely damaged. Our members’ ability to earn a living will also be severely affected.”

Horace Trubridge, MU General Secretary and Founder Member of Darts

88,490 have signed. Let’s get to 100,000!

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