UK Music warns Brexit poses ‘serious risk’ to live music

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UK Music chief executive Michael Dugher has written to the Prime Minister, warning of the ‘serious risk’ Brexit poses to live music.

Calling for the government to put an ‘end to the uncertainty’ over touring restrictions, Dugher wrote in a letter to Theresa May: ‘The ending of free movement with no waiver for musicians will put our fast-growing live music sector, that generates around £1bn a year for the UK economy, at serious risk.

‘The costly bureaucracy will make touring simply unviable for very many artists who need to earn a living and it delivers a hammer blow to development of future, world-leading British talent.’

He added: ‘UK musicians need to be able to move swiftly, often at very short notice, across Europe to take up offers of work, while overseas musicians need similar freedoms to come to play in our world-renowned recording studios, grassroots music venues or festival circuit.’

Dugher’s letter comes after 27 EU leaders approved the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU on Saturday (24 November).

It follows a warning from The Incorporated Society of Musicians that the end to freedom of movement ‘will have a major negative impact on the music industry.’

Calling for the Government to make a clear commitment on freedom of movement, Dugher added: ‘The clock is ticking. We need an end to the uncertainty and an urgent and clear commitment from the Government to maintain the freedom to work for the music industry.’