British Artists, Bands and Music Executives Express Concern over Brexit!
Following Theresa May’s announcement that Parliament’s vote on her Brexit deal would be delayed!
Following Theresa May’s announcement that Parliament’s vote on her Brexit deal would be delayed, the music industry has hit back with an open letter requesting that the Government “find[s] a way out of this mess”.
In total the open letter has received 550 signatures from the likes of Paloma Faith, Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, Billy Bragg, the Musicians Union (MU), Boomtown Festival and John Giddings of Solo Agency.
I am sure I don’t need to tell you this, but the letter explains that Brexit represents a significant threat to the UK’s Music Industry.
It references the ways in which Brexit could negatively affect the UK’s music industry and also the near completion of the European Copyright Directive.
Complete Music Update reports that Deviate Digital CEO Sammy Andrews, who helps organise the Music4EU letter, said:
“Rarely do so many factions within the music industry unite on any subject, but Music4EU’s signatory list so far is a clear indication of the level of concern over the current mess, and how widely it impacts every corner of this sector.
Brexit is an unmitigated disaster for Britain’s world-leading music industry”.
It also reported that Sam Duckworth, aka Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly (and a signatory of the letter), added:
“It’s a connected age, where diminishing rights and barriers to trade should be a thing of the past.
We need to make sure we don’t isolate ourselves from our wider cultural family. Be it sharing a stage, a marketplace or as part of a team, Brexit is causing mass uncertainty.
Music is a big part of the economy and is the front line of the warm British welcome. It is essential that we are given clear guidelines, promises and safeguards for this to continue”.
Freedom of movement of people
The live music industry contributes around £1 billion to the economy and has grown by 49% per cent since 2012.
At present, artists can play a concert in Belgium one night and then simply travel to Paris the next with no associated costs or red tape as a result of freedom of movement of people.
Losing this following Brexit is likely to have a serious impact on touring musicians, bands, artists and crews all over the world, and risks our ability to grow audiences and limits millions of fans not being able to see their favourite UK acts perform.
Countries such as France have traditionally required work permits for performances by artists from non-EU countries.
The truth is costly bureaucracy will make touring simply unviable for very many artists. This puts the development of future globally-leading UK talent at risk.
Anyway, don't just take my word for it, telling you about the letter when you can read it here: https://music4eu.com/letter/.
The whole entertainment industry is under extreme pressure, so the more we all pull together in these testing times, we just may pull through the other side! But one thing is for certain life has taken on a new turn for us all!
By Pete Moore