16.11.2023: UK and EU Domestic Advisory Groups, which include UK Music, have called for more flexible travel arrangements and the creation of a cultural visa waiver for creative workers in the EU.
The DAG was established under the terms of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement in 2021 to maintain sectoral engagement across both the EU and UK regarding the operation of the agreement. UK Music and LIVE were appointed as representatives from the creative industries to serve in the DAG when it was formed in 2022.
In a statement to Government, the group called for a range of workers and professional service providers, including those in creative industries, to be allowed more flexible travel arrangements, including visa free and longer stays than 90 in 180 days and that a cultural visa waiver should be created for creative workers.
Tom Kiehl, Interim Chief Executive at UK Music said:
“UK Music is delighted to have worked with its member the Musicians Union, alongside LIVE, to secure a firm commitments from organisations across the UK and EU in support of overcoming challenges to live music touring of the EU.
The Domestic Advisory Group is an important mechanism for continued dialogue on cultural issues and its imperative that both the UK Government and EU Commission take note and act to secure a better deal for our musicians and crew.”
Jon Collins, CEO at LIVE said:
“All sides recognise the value of cultural and creative exchange and the economic and social benefits that follow.
“We will continue to work with UK and EU policymakers in a bid to revise existing arrangements that are proving so problematic for our artists, orchestras and crew”.
Dave Webster, MU Head of International said:
“The MU has been calling for this since the UK left the EU. Seeing this agreement between both parties in writing is a major step in the right direction.
“This is a significant breakthrough and recognises the need on both sides to address a big problem musicians face when working in the EU.
“We are delighted to see this text and hope that it is swiftly taken forward by the UK and the EU. Our thanks to UK Music and LIVE for pressing this important point”.
The full statement from the group can be read here.
Learn more about the issues facing the music industry in touring and working in the EU here.
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