The following advice is aimed at helping those in the music industry prepare for Britain’s departure from the EU if the Government does not reach a deal.
The Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport have an overview of their guidance here.
No-deal Brexit will pose an immediate challenge to the ability of bands to tour and perform across Europe.
You can find UK government advice here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/touring-europe-if-theres-no-brexit-deal
UK citizens living in other European countries will have their rights impacted by no-deal, particularly as this will immediately bring freedom of movement to an end.
To prepare for this the Government has published the following advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-paper-on-the-rights-of-uk-nationals-in-the-eu
The border between the UK and the Republic of Ireland is dealt with under a separate agreement known as the common travel area.
You can find UK government advice on the CTA here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/travelling-in-the-common-travel-area-if-theres-no-brexit-deal
Brexit will also impact those from EU countries living in the UK working in the music industry.
You can find UK government advice here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/eu-settlement-scheme-evidence-of-uk-residence
VAT rules will impact the importing, exporting and selling of merchandise.
If you bring goods into or take goods out of the UK in your baggage or a small motor vehicle, and you intend to use them for business, you must declare your goods and pay import duty and VAT before you move them across the border.
You can find UK government advice here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-for-businesses-if-theres-no-brexit-deal
You can find European Commission advice here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/value-added-tax_en.pdf
When on tour in Europe you might interact with fan data from other countries. You will have to follow EU and UK regulations to keep this safe.
You can find IPO advice here: https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/2614365/leaving-the-eu-6-steps-to-take-final.pdf
You can find UK government advice here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/preparing-for-no-deal-brexit-if-you-work-in-arts-culture-or-heritage#your-data
Brexit will impact the way copyright works across the UK and in EU countries.
You can find UK government advice here.
The exhaustion of IP will be impacted by Brexit due to territorial changes.
You can find UK government advice here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/exhaustion-of-intellectual-property-rights-if-theres-no-brexit-deal
For those who have an interest in trademarks you can find more info here.
Self-employed people and British companies, who have UK workers based in other EU countries and EU nationals working for them in the UK, will need to change national insurance and social security arrangements in the event of no deal.
The following advice details how no deal impacts national insurance, and other mandatory social security contributions:
When touring in Europe it is likely equipment, instruments and gear will have to be declared on a customs document called a Carnet.
The Government has recently released guidance to organisations, businesses and individuals in the creative, cultural, and sport sectors on what to expect on day one of a no-deal Brexit. Find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/touring-europe-if-theres-no-brexit-deal#objects-animals-and-equipment
You can find European Commission advice here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/file_import/travelling_en.pdf
If you are likely to be travelling with an instrument that comes under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), for example if your instrument or bow contains ivory or rare wood, then you should read the Government’s advice on trading and moving endangered species in the event of there being no withdrawal deal, which you can find here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/touring-europe-if-theres-no-brexit-deal#objects-animals-and-equipment
Business Readiness Fund
The Government has launched a grant scheme to support trade associations and other business organisations in helping businesses prepare for a no-deal Brexit. You can find more details here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/business-secretary-launches-10-million-brexit-readiness-fund-for-business-organisations