16.11.2021: UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has welcomed the Spanish government’s decision to tear up visa restrictions facing UK artists and crew.
The move followed a long and determined campaign by UK Music and its members who pressed the Government to work with EU nations to remove the costly and bureaucratic barriers that threatened the industry’s talent pipeline.
The change means UK musicians touring Spain will no longer require visas for short-term engagements of up to 90 days.
Responding to the announcement by the Spanish government, Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said:
“The lifting of visa restrictions by the Spanish Government is a hugely welcome move. It marks a big victory for all our members and reflects all the effort we have put in trying to get rid of these barriers.
“However, it is important to remember that major issues still remain – particularly cabotage, which makes many tours impossible.
“We will continue to press the case with the Government here and with EU nations to remove all the costly and bureaucratic restrictions that remain when it comes to touring the EU.
“It is vital for our economy and exports that musicians and crew can tour freely, grow their fanbase and share the very best of British music across Europe and the rest of the world.”
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