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Campaign calls for musicians to keep freedom of movement post Brexit

Photo: Shutterstock The Incorporated Society of Musicians has called for musicians to keep freedom of movement post-Brexit
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A campaign calling for musicians to enjoy continued freedom of movement around the EU post-Brexit has been launched.

It is being run by industry body the Incorporated Society of Musicians. If free movement cannot be maintained, the campaign pushes for the introduction of a two-year working visa to be introduced to allow musicians to travel freely around the European Union for work.

The ISM is asking musicians and members of the public to lobby their MPs to endorse the two-year visa.

The campaign follows an EU Select Committee report that recommended the introduction of a multi-entry visa for creatives, including musicians, post-Brexit.

The ISM’s Musicians and Brexit report previously highlighted the concerns of more than 1,600 musicians post-Brexit.

Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the ISM, said: “For decades our musicians have had the right to travel freely across the EU, performing their music in numerous different countries to countless audiences.

“For many musicians this has been of immense value in creating music, establishing their careers and keeping a roof over their heads.”

She added: “The ability to travel freely lies at the heart of creating music – music is universal and knows no boundaries. The very best music often comes from musicians from all walks of life coming together to collaborate.”

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