The Save Music campaign, launched in October 2018 by the Incorporated Society of Musicians, is calling for freedom of movement to be maintained for musicians after Brexit – or failing that, a two-year working visa which allows musicians to tour easily in the EU and EEA.
MUSICIANS NEED FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT TO BE PROTECTED
If British musicians cannot work easily in the EU, this will damage the UK’s cultural influence and threaten our world-class music industry.
The UK’s globally-dominant music industry contributes £4.4 billion a year to the UK economy. It forms a central part of our creative industries.
GOVERNMENT MUST COVER ADDITIONAL COSTS FOR MUSICIANS THAT THEY WILL INCUR IN THE EVENT OF A NO-DEAL BREXIT
The ISM have calculated that musicians who travel to the EU27 and carry an instrument will incur additional costs of up to £1,000 per year in a no-deal Brexit. We call on the Government to cover the costs that musicians will incur in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Musicians will be required to purchase carnets – temporary international customs documents that allow instruments and sound equipment to move temporarily outside the UK – which cost in the region of £500-700, depending on the value of the goods. It is currently possible to take instruments to countries in the EU for free and purchasing a Carnet is a significant extra cost to be forced upon musicians and will become a huge barrier for many musicians touring the EU27.
Musicians will also face numerous additional costs including:
* Private medical insurance, which would become essential in a no-deal Brexit as EHIC provision would cease, would set a musician without a pre-existing medical condition back around £70 per year, but it could be as high as £320 for a musician with a pre-existing medical condition.
* Musical Instrument Certificates,
* International Driving Permit costing £5.50,
* If A1 forms become obsolete on 1 November, musicians must also ensure that they are not liable for double deductions of social security payments in other EU countries by contacting the relevant EU social security institution to check.
* If visas are introduced to work in the EU27/EEA, this is likely to cause considerable financial and administrative burden to musicians.
Watch the campaign video (below), help share the word on Twitter using the hashtag #SaveMusic and visit the Save Music website to find out more about the campaign.