Tim Brennan responds to Harriet Harman's 10 point plan.
Carry On Touring - Real People, Real Lives, Real Jobs
Whilst we welcome Harriet Harman's support, there are a few issues with what she has said.
1. The issues caused to touring in the EU by Brexit does not just affect musicians. There are all the tech crews, dancers, actors, sports teams, outdoor performers, drivers, 1000s of people that are creative touring professionals who’s livelihoods depend on touring the EU.
2. She talks about negotiating bilateral agreements with individual member states, this could take years, what we are asking for is cultural passport which can be negotiated separately to the TCA.
3. Anything we do has to be 100% reciprocal with the EU based creatives, else the EU will not agree to anything.
We are running a campaign called #CarryOnTouring
with the support of MU, ISM, UKMusic, LetMusicLive, Equity, OutdoorArts.
But we are real people. I am a freelance multi camera vision director / engineer working in music touring.
I started the visa petition which has forced this issue into the spotlight.
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