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Brexit: Carry On Touring share open letter to government as “rebuttal” of visa-free touring claim

The Carry On Touring organisation have shared an open letter to the government, which they call a “rebuttal” of last month’s claims that visa-free touring in 19 EU countries will be possible for UK artists post-Brexit.


The majority of the British public believe the Government is not doing enough to help musicians overcome post-Brexit barriers to touring abroad, according to a survey commissioned by umbrella music industry association UK Music.

Voters call on government to solve Brexit touring mess as campaigners vow: “Our anger is not going away”

A new poll has shown that the majority of UK voters want the government to be doing more to solve the post-Brexit touring fiasco for musicians and crew, while campaigners have vowed that their “anger is not going away until they find a solution”.

Voters Want Government To Do More To Help British Musicians Tour Abroad – New Poll Reveals

UK Music, the collective voice of the UK music industry, commissioned the survey following a barrage of complaints from musicians and crew about the extra costs and red tape involved in touring and working across Europe since Britain left the EU at the end of January 2020.

BBC News - Will UK bands start touring in Liechtenstein?

On Friday, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced that a new frontier had been opened for British musicians who want to play live in Europe.
Thanks to "ambitious" negotiations, he said, artists and their crews can now tour without visa requirements in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

The House - Government’s failure to provide festivals with Covid insurance is paradoxical and disappointing

It is not too late for the government to step in with an insurance scheme for festivals. It would allow events to run without organisers shouldering the risk if we suffer another wave and they are forced to cancel again.

NME - Government criticised for inaction and told “words won’t save careers” in “critical” Brexit touring fiasco

Ahead of an online summit this week, figures from the UK music industry have criticised the government over the continued lack of action and clarity over the Brexit touring situation.

The Musicians Union - Prime Minister Promises to Fix Brexit Crisis for Creative Industries

Yesterday, the Prime Minister gave evidence to MPs and said the Government was working “flat out” to find a solution to mobility issues around visas, work permits and moving goods between the UK and EU.

Yahoo! - Petition calling for visa-free travel for artists after Brexit reaches 200,000

A petition calling for visa-free travel for artists and other creatives in the European Union after Brexit has reached 200,000 signatures. The petition, which urges the Government to negotiate a “free cultural work permit” to ensure ease of travel throughout the 27 member states, has received high-profile backing in recent days.

RA News - UK artists are petitioning the government for visa-free travel across the EU

Nearly 200,000 people have signed a petition demanding visa-free travel throughout the European Union for UK-based artists and professionals. Set up by video director Tim Brennan, the online petition specifically requests that the UK government negotiate a free, cultural work permit to allow UK-based professionals to perform in EU states. It comes just days before the UK is due to leave the EU single market and customs union.

NME - Petition to secure visa-free touring for bands following Brexit deal reaches 100,000 signatures

A petition calling for the government to secure visa-free travel for artists and other creatives in the EU following the end of the Brexit transition period has reached over 100,000 signatures.

The Guardian - UK performers raise alarm as Brexit deal threatens EU touring

Actors, musicians and comedians have reacted with alarm to provisions in the Brexit trade deal that will prevent British performers moving around many European countries without a work permit.

Politico - UK touring artists demand EU-wide work permit for gigs post Brexit

LONDON — British touring artists have called on the U.K. government to negotiate a work permit with the EU that allows them to travel for performances throughout the bloc's 27 member countries without the need to apply for a visa for each country.

The Guide - Ronan Keating calls for visa-free travel for artists after Brexit

Ronan Keating has backed a petition calling for visa-free travel for artists and other creatives in the European Union after Brexit. The Boyzone star, 43, shared a link to the appeal with his 500,000 Twitter followers and wrote: “Signed please do the same.”

Far Out - Huge new costs from new Brexit deal could stop musicians touring Europe

The chances of UK musicians being able to tour Europe have been dealt a seismic blow following the huge new costs that have emerged following the recent Brexit deal.

BBC News - Brexit: UK government music touring proposals were 'rejected by the EU'

The government says it tried to secure better conditions for UK touring musicians during the Brexit negotiations, but its proposals were rejected by the EU.


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