The Government needs to urgently negotiate paperwork-free travel in Europe for UK artists

Today, we are happy to add our signature to a letter calling on the UK Government to take urgent action to support the music industry

As the UK’s largest independent music therapy charity, we depend on our supporters from across the music industry. At a time when the whole industry is on life support due to the Covid ban on live music, the Government’s Brexit negotiating failure will tip many performers over the edge.

On behalf of Nordoff Robbins our Chief Executive, Sandra Schembri, was therefore happy to add her signature to this letter in support of our friends and colleagues across the music industry. It is now essential for the government to deliver on its commitment to frictionless work travel by negotiating a new reciprocal agreement with the EU, that allows performers to tour in Europe freely for up to 90 days.

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The letter in full

Touring is absolutely the lifeblood of the music industry and we recognise the importance of the continued ease of movement of musicians, equipment and merchandise once we’ve left the EU… It’s absolutely essential that free movement for artists is protected post-2020.”

Those fine words came from a minister last January and the same message has been repeated many times by other ministers.

A year later, and the reality is that British musicians, dancers, actors and their support staff have been shamefully failed by their government.

The deal done with the EU has a gaping hole where the promised free movement for musicians should be.  Everyone on a European music tour will now need a costly visa for every country they visit and a mountain of paperwork for their equipment.  Also they face problems using their UK trucks for transport.

The extra costs will make many tours unviable, especially for young emerging musicians who are already struggling to keep their heads above water.  The whole industry is on life support due to the Covid ban on live music and this negotiating failure will tip many performers over the edge.

We call on the government to urgently do what it said it would do and negotiate paperwork-free travel in Europe for British artists and their equipment.  For the sake of British fans wanting to see European performers in the UK and British venues wishing to host them, the deal should be reciprocal.

Signatories in full

Roger Waters; Sir Simon Rattle; Dame Sarah Connolly; Sir George Benjamin; Sir Harrison Birtwistle; Nicola Benedetti; Steven Isserlis; Stephen Hough; Sir András Schiff; Judith Weir; Roderick Williams; Amanda Roocroft; Amelia Freedman; Nash Ensemble; Anna Meredith; Anna Patalong; Benjamin Baker; Bond Quartet; Brindley Sherratt; Professor Catherine Martin; Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Catriona Price; Chi-chi Nwanoku; Chris Stark, Christian Curnyn; Claudia Huckle; Dr Mark Taylor; Elizabeth Wallfisch; Gabriella Swallow; Gina McCormack; Gregory Walmsley; Harry Bicket; Hilary Summers; Jeremy Huw Williams; Jess Gillam; Joseph Middleton; Kate Royal; Lauma Skride; Levon Chilingirian; Mahaliah Edwards; Martyn Brabbins; Michael Chance; Miloš Karadaglić; Nicholas Collon; Nicky Spence; Paul Cassidy; Peter Robinson; Prof Nicholas Daniel; Professor Julian Anderson; Professor Julian Lloyd Webber; Professor Peter Fribbins; Rakhvinder Singh; Raphael Wallfisch; Rosa Mannion; Ruth Rogers; Sean Shibe; Sheku Kanneh-Mason; Tasmin Little; the Kanneh-Mason family; Sir Elton John; Ed Sheeran; Roger Daltrey; Bob Geldof; Midge Ure; Sting; Robert Plant; Peter Gabriel; Rag’n’Bone Man; Nick Mason; Aitch; Alex Kapranos; Beabadoobee; Bicep; Brett Anderson; Brian Eno; Brian May; Bryan Adams; Captain Sensible; Charlie Burchill; Chris Difford; Danny McNamara; Dave Stewart; Fryars; Gary Kemp; Gary Numan; Glass Animals; Grace Carter; Hayden Thorpe; Hot Chip; Hugh Cornwell; Iron Maiden; Jayda G; Jim Kerr; Joss Stone; Jungle; Kasai; Kero Kero Bonito; Kim Wilde; King Krule; LA Priest; Liam Gallagher; Mark King; Mick Hucknell; Nik Kershaw; Priya Ragu & Japhna Gold; Radiohead; Rick Wakeman; Roger Taylor; Ross From Friends; Rusty Egan Visage; Sex Pistols; SG Lewis; Simian Mobile Disco; SK Shlomo; Steve Norman; Superorganism; Terry Britten; The 1975; The Darkness; Will Young; Dame Evelyn Glennie; Julia Haferkorn; David Francis; Karine Polwart; Peewee Ellis; John J. Williamson; Sam Leak; Michael Eavis; Emily Eavis; John Gilhooly; Paul Mandry; Fielding Hope, James Clutton; Deborah Annetts; James Ainscough; Alasdair Tait; Annabella Coldrick; Ashutosh Khandekar; Atlas Management; Barbara Osborne; Carol Main; Carole Tongue; Claire Owen; Daniel Miller; Danny Keir; David Martin; David Taylor; Donagh Collins; Dr Aoife Monks; Felix Howard; Graham Sheffield; Howard Goodall; James McAulay; John Gidding; Keith Harris; Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp; Lucy Heyman; Mary-Alice Stack; Patrick Woodroffe; Professor Chris Collins; Rod Smallwood; Sandra Schembri; Sir David Bell; Tom Travis; Vick Bain

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