TOURING ISN’T WORKING: LET’S GET IT DONE! UK EU ROUNDTABLE
Tuesday 6th September 16:00-18:00, Committee Room G, House of Lords
WHAT IS CARRY ON TOURING?
Carry on Touring is the UK’s umbrella campaign which all those who rely on touring can support and sit under. It brings together voices from across the touring, cultural and creative industries sector to secure political and public support for UK EU touring. The strength of our campaign is that it is inclusive reaching across the sector, industry and political parties; focusing on the real people, real lives and real jobs affected.
THE NEGOTIATING TABLE
The failure to secure an exemption in the TCA to allow for freedom of movement for those on tour is having a catastrophic impact on both the UK's and EU's cultural economies. All touring art forms have been affected and in particular young and emerging artists. Without a return to the negotiating table, many jobs and livelihoods will continue to be gravely affected.
The current situation is not sustainable. Change is desperately needed given the current bureaucracies that touring professionals are now forced to operate under, with the 90/180-day limit in the Schengen area proving to be a huge barrier to those who rely on touring for a living. This UK EU roundtable will be extremely timely not least given the change in Prime Minister but also to provide MPs and the industry with an opportunity to review the current impasse and get UK EU touring done!
Our UK-EU Roundtable intends to unite support across the UK and EU and call on the UK Government and EU representatives to get a deal done that supports real people, real lives and real jobs.
This is not an issue that just affects the UK. The value of this cultural exchange is huge to both economies and social wellbeing. We should be
working to resolve this issue together and to create rich new collaborations for the generations to come.
Chaired by Lord Clement-Jones, this in-person interactive roundtable is designed to bring together EU representatives, UK Parliamentarians, industry
experts and campaign supporters to address the key question:
How can we unlock the deadlock to get UK and EU touring creatives and professionals back on tour?
Hearing from those affected by the current situation, campaign supporters and Parliamentarians, this UK EU roundtable will make the case to UK and EU decision-makers that there is a need for urgent action to enable professionals to carry on touring. This roundtable will be extremely timely not least given the change in Prime Minister but also to provide MPs and the industry with an opportunity to review the current impasse and get UK EU touring done!
Drummer Steve Barney & Carry on Touring's Ian Smith talk to James O'Brien on LBC RAdio
APPG on Music report: Let the Music Move – A New Deal for Touring
19th July 2022
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music chaired by Kevin Brennan MP, have released their report "LET THE MUSIC MOVE – A NEW DEAL FOR TOURING".
The report makes a number of recomendations to the UK governmentwith regard to solving the Creative Professionals touring crisis now that Britain has left the EU.
Kevin Says “Touring is the lifeblood of the industry… It is essential that free movement is protected forartists post 2020.”
You can read the full report buy clicking the link below.
AN OPEN LETTER TO Nadine Dorries MP, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR DIGITAL, CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT
To read and sign the letter Click here
It’s time to support the UK’s Touring Artists and Professionals!
Failure to include an EU-wide cultural work permit and visa free travel for touring professionals and artists will have a catastrophic impact on all touring art forms including theatre, dance, circus, visual arts and music.
We are fighting to to secure an exemption or provision for those ‘on tour’ who, now we have left the EU, will be required to obtain work permits in each European country they visit. The requirement to secure multiple permits and visas, places an additional cost and unnecessary burden on a sector which is keen to get back on tour. It will have a detrimental impact on the UK public and performers alike and the UK economy.
Carry on Touring is an umbrella campaign which all those who tour – and rely on touring - can support and sit under. This public facing campaign brings together voices from across the touring, cultural and creative industries sectors to secure cross-party support for Tim Brennan’s petition and campaign for the only realistic solution, a pan European EU visa and work permit waiver to be negotiated. The strength of this campaign is that it is inclusive reaching across the sector, industry and political parties.
Now is the time to ramp up the pressure on Government to return to the table and keep the show on the road for all creative touring professionals.
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"Support for the petition has been phenomenal. Freelancers and touring professionals like myself desperately need MPs and the Government to fight our corner and re-negotiate the current Brexit deal for this industry. This is an issue that has a huge impact on my life and my ability to earn and pay tax through my work in an industry that brings pleasure to millions of people."
It’s a pleasure and honour to be working with Tim Brennan and the Carry On Touring campaign at its head. In years of working at all levels of the creative arts industry I have never known such support for a cause, drawing in people from all areas of society and across political divides of all hues. The creative economy is at great risk, its vital the “engine room” of the creative industries , live touring is released from this new burdon upon it as soon as possible. New barriers are the last thing we need and we look forward to a time when the UK govt. and the EU can solve this pressing problem together.
“Our music and creative industries have had a terrible time due to the Coronavirus pandemic and really the last thing they need are these restrictions and red tape on their ability to tour. The Government must get back around the table with EU and find a solution to this problem urgently. If musicians and creatives cannot tour Europe easily there will be a significant cultural as well as economic hit which we must avoid. The time for posturing is over, let’s back our creatives.”
Tracy Brabin MP
Shadow Culture Minister
“Clearly Tim’s petition has chimed a chord with the public and the many UK artists and professionals who tour in the cities and nations across Europe. To put it simply, failure to include an EU-wide cultural work permit and visa free travel for touring professionals and artists will have a catastrophic effect across all touring art forms.”