21/02/2020: UK Music's Tom Kiehl explains to IQ what new immigration plans mean for the UK industry and why politicians must collaborate with live to develop a post-Brexit touring system.
The BRITs this week brilliantly captured all that is best about our £5.2 billion music industry. Headline performances from Mabel, Lewis Capaldi and Stormzy showed just how talented UK musicians are.
With global stars like Billie Eilish and Lizzo also appearing, the event underlined the UK as a hugely attractive destination for everyone from touring musicians, to producers, songwriters to managers and everyone else involved in music-making.
A fundamental part of this has been freedom of movement between the UK and the European Union. Brexit is ending that freedom – as the Government made clear this week with the announcement of a new immigration system.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said the Government wanted to “encourage people with the right talent”, though it is far from clear what will constitute the “right talent”, especially in sectors such as music and the creative arts.
It is vital ministers understand the impact these changes could have on the complex ecosystem on which our industry relies. Freedom to tour and cross borders without further red tape is a crucial.
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