Music industry figures have hit back at the UK Government's recent claims of victory in securing visa-free touring for UK artists across 19 EU member states, with the claims being branded as "spin" and "meaningless posturing".
The UK government's minister for Brexit, Lord David Frost, has said that it is not his responsibility to solve the touring crisis faced by musicians in the wake of Brexit.
In a recent select committee hearing with ministers, despite UK prime minister Boris Johnson confirming that Lord Frost would "fix" the current EU touring crisis, the MP told peers that it was up to "the department for digital, culture, music and sport to take it forward with our embassies" and that the UK “took a decision to end free movement" that inevitably "brings big change”.
More than 200 British artists have called on the government for financial aid for touring EU countries following Brexit.
A new survey carried out by UK Music has suggested the public think the Government is not doing enough to help musicians overcome post-Brexit barriers to overseas touring.
Hundreds of arts organisations have signed an open letter to Boris Johnson about the post-Brexit touring crisis.
A Post-Brexit EU touring plan for musicians has been proposed by UK Labour MP Harriet Harman.
Visa-free touring permits for musicians post-Brexit are set to be debated in a parliamentary hearing.
A number of electronic artists have signed a an open letter criticising the Brexit deal and its impact on live performers.
Published by The Times yesterday (20th), the letter addresses the Brexit deal and the impact on the live sector. The current deal imposes new regulations, tariffs and visa requirements that musicians and organisations have stressed will cause touring to become expensive and complicated.
UK ministers have rejected calls to push visa-free touring for musicians.
It had been hoped the final UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement, which was reached on Christmas Eve 2020 (just days before new regulations came into place on 1st January 2021), would include special consideration for touring professionals.