20/02/2020: UK Music Acting CEO Tom Kiehl has outlined the music industry’s concerns following the Government’s announcement of its plans to bring in a “points-based” post-Brexit immigration system.
Under the changes announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel, low-skilled workers will not get visas. The Home Office has said that EU and non-EU citizens coming to the UK would be treated equally after freedom of movement between the UK and the EU ends on December 31.
UK Music is in talks with the Government about how the proposal could affect the UK music industry.
Reacting to the Government’s plans, Tom Kiehl said:
“New plans confirm that from 2021 EU musicians coming to the UK for concerts & festivals will be treated in the same way as those from the rest of the world.
“This will drag some agents and promoters into the immigration system for the first time and increases the possibility that member states introduce new bureaucratic hoops for UK musicians to jump through when seeking to perform across the EU.
“It’s welcome the Government has reduced its salary cap. Yet these proposals will still not work for many in the EU who want to work in the UK music industry over a longer period of time, given musicians average earnings are £23,000 and the reliance under the points-based system on the need for elite academic qualifications.”