Firm commitment to save touring in Europe made by UK Government

22 Feb 2021

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On Tuesday 16 February, MPs from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee heard evidence from industry leaders warning that touring artists faced an “extraordinary crisis” due to costly new barriers to performing in the European Union, which include visas and work permits.

The Minister for Digital and Culture Caroline Dinenage has committed to working with music organisations to find workable solutions to these critical issues including mobility post-Brexit.

The UK Government has also indicated that it is its ambition to start discussions with key EU Member states in the coming weeks to address issues regarding work permits.

DCMS also confirmed that musicians travelling with portable musical instruments between the UK and the EU will not be subject to costly customs rules in the form of a formal declaration or ATA Carnet and that guidance will be available as soon as possible. This important clarification has been welcomed by the music sector.

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