No-Deal Brexit May Make Touring Europe ‘Unviable’ For UK Artists

UK Music CEO Michael Dugher about Brexit's potential impact on the music industry

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21/10/2019: UK Music CEO Michael Dugher about Brexit's potential impact on the music industry

This follows the advice published by the Government on touring Europe if there's no Brexit deal, which you can read here.

Speaking to the Guardian Michael Dugher said: “Superstars who make millions and book their tours months if not years in advance are very much the exception. Most artists operate on tiny margins and the prospect of extra cost and bureaucracy would kill their ability to tour, develop their talent and build their fanbase.”

Dugher said British artists were already cancelling European tours and promoters were withdrawing planned investment. In September the British musician Imogen Heap announced she was cancelling her upcoming European tour, which was due to start in early November, citing “the extreme uncertainties of travelling throughout the EU so soon after Brexit has happened”.

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He also spoke to IQ saying: “A no-deal Brexit could effectively mark the death knell for touring for the majority of low-earning touring musicians who are immensely talented and add tremendous economic value to the country.” Read the full story here.

He told Adam Sherwin at the i: “The Christmas market is crucial for the music industry when it comes to sales. With Brexit looming, music fans want to be reassured they will be able to get their hands on their favourite vinyl – whether that's Liam Gallagher, Jess Glynne, Dave or a fantastic up and coming new talent.” You can find the full story here.

Speaking to The Independent he said: “We are already seeing the damage caused by this Brexit uncertainty. Some acts are cancelling or postponing European legs of their tours. We need to be doing even more, especially to promote British exports such as music, and help promote the best of British talent around the globe.” Read the full story here

UK Music had raised mounting concerns over the impact of Brexit on the music industry and the ability of acts to tour with Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan, DCMS Minister Helen Whately told MPs during questions in the House Of Commons.

Responding to questions from Labour MPs Thangam Debbonaire and Ellie Reeves, Ms Whately said: “We are talking to the industry about exactly those concerns. I have already had some conversations along these lines, as has the Secretary of State, who met UK Music earlier this week.

“It is true that, when the UK leaves the EU on 31 October, free movement as it currently stands will end. In the event of a no-deal exit, creative professionals will need to check whether they need a visa or a work permit for the EU country that they are visiting.”

Michael has also written to Home Secretary Priti Patel to express UK Music's concerns, which you can read here.

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