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Musicians’ survey highlights impact Brexit is already having on work

Those seeking citizenship in the UK are required to fill in an 85-page document. Photo: Shutterstock More than 40% of musicians have already noticed a negative impact on their work as a result of Brexit. Photo: Shutterstock
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More than 40% of musicians have already noticed a negative impact on their work as a result of Brexit, new research has revealed.

A report produced as a result of the survey is now calling for freedom of movement to be protected for musicians post-Brexit, with a dedicated creative professionals visa, valid across all EU states for two years.

Professional body the Incorporated Society of Musicians surveyed more than 1,600 musicians from all genres on their views regarding freedom of movement and Brexit.

More than 40% said Brexit had an impact on their work, up from 19% in 2016, and 26% in 2017.

The survey found 39% of musicians travel to the EU more than five times a year, with 12% travelling to the EU more than 20 times a year.

More than one in eight performers had less than seven days’ notice between being offered work and having to take it.

The survey also revealed experiences of musicians who had worked in other parts of the world – indicating some of issues they are likely to face post-Brexit.

More than a third of musicians said they had experienced difficulties with visas when travelling outside the EU.

A third of musicians spent more than £300 a year on securing visas to work, while 15% of musicians lost a job opportunity because of visa problems.

Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the ISM and founder of the cross-arts FreeMoveCreate campaign, said: “The government is making all the right noises at the moment and the EU White Paper recognised the importance of mobility for professional musicians and creatives who make up our £92 billion a year creative industries.

“However, at a time of great uncertainty, musicians need to know their jobs in Europe will be secure once Britain leaves the EU.”

She added: “Given how much of musicians’ work and income is dependent on travel to the EU, and given the importance of cultural exchange in the arts, we are urging the UK government and the EU to reach an agreement on mobility for musicians and other artists post-Brexit as soon as possible.”

The survey follows a report from the House of Lords, realised on July 26, that warned of the impact visa restrictions could have on Britain’s cultural sector post-Brexit.

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