04.08.2021: UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has welcomed the “encouraging” progress to overcome the barriers facing musicians and crew touring the EU. However, he also warned there was still “lots of work to be done”.
Responding to the Government’s announcement about visa-free short-term touring in 19 EU member states, UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said:
“For months, UK Music has been pressuring government to resolve the EU touring crisis. So, it is welcome that progress is starting to be made on this issue and negotiations are happening at ministerial level.
“It’s vital that the Government maintains its focus and works to remove the practical barriers currently impacting musicians who need to work across the EU – particularly in the eight member states which ARE requiring permits and visas, and on the EU-wide cabotage issues facing industry.
“It’s also important government works with member states to develop clear guidance on the countries where touring is possible so that musicians & crews have a clear understanding of what the different rules are & what will be required from them. For example, what is covered by “short term”?
“All in all this is encouraging. But there is still lots of work to be done, and we will continue to pressure the Government to resolve the many issues facing our industry when it comes to working and touring in Europe.”
You can listen to Jamie talking to BBC Radio 4’s Front Row about the issue below:
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