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Help shape post-Brexit negotiations for touring musicians and crew

The ISM has launched a survey to help ensure post-Brexit travel and work assurances for touring musicians

The ISM, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, has launched a survey to gather information from musicians to shape the Government’s trade negotiations post-Brexit.

The organisation is posing questions to musicians to get an idea of what they would like to be included in future trade deals with the EU and elsewhere. This also applies to touring engineers and producers/recording engineers, who will potentially be impacted by travel and work barriers after Brexit.

In addition to capturing further data on the impact of Brexit on working in the EU, musicians will for the first time be asked about the realities of travelling and working in non-EU countries, in particular, the USA, Japan, China and India, looking at everything from mobility and visas, to the movement of instruments and equipment, tax, social security, and healthcare.

The ISM will use the data gathered from the survey to make a case to the Government for a two-year, multi-entry EU touring visa that is light on admin and cost-effective. They will also argue for the continuation of the A1 certificate, a customs mechanism that allows the temporary transportation of instruments and equipment to the EU, the continuation of free Musical Instrument Certificates, and finally, an increased number of CITES-designated points of entry and exit.

Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the ISM said: “The UK has now entered the transition period, following leaving the EU. The ISM has a critical role in making sure that musicians get the very best deal in the forthcoming trade negotiations.

“We need to hear from every musician who travels outside the UK so that we can tell the Government exactly what needs to be in future trade deals to protect musicians and the music industry. We must not forget the vital role the music sector plays not just in providing jobs, but also in generating soft power which increases the UK’s profile across the world.”

The survey closes on March 9, 2020. You can take part in it here.