Kate has called for local musicians to get the best possible deal from Brexit.
Musicians are very concerned that the Brexit process may lead to the introduction of individual member state work permits and/or visas for British musicians touring and working across Europe.
Most professional musicians and performers rely on touring and travelling for their careers and livelihoods and gigs are often organised at short notice. As some performers can be working in several different European countries over the course of a few days, the possible introduction of work permissions and/or visas for British musicians touring and working in Europe could be extremely detrimental.
The creative industries are worth over £87bn in GVA – more than oil and gas, life sciences and aerospace combined – and is the fastest-growing sector of the economy, employing 1 in 11 people.
The UK is the largest producer of recorded music in Europe and is the second largest exporter of music (after the USA).
Kate said: “I support professional musicians and performers in Manchester, and will urge the government to ensure that they can continue to be able to travel easily across Europe post-Brexit for touring and performing with the minimum amount of hassle”.
“Kelly Hingley, a member of the Musicians’ Union who lives in Stretford, said, “I’m really worried that the Brexit process might make it more difficult for us musicians to be able to tour freely around Europe.
“Many of our livelihoods depend on being able to easily tour around Europe, often at short notice. That’s why I’m really pleased that Kate has pledged to support Musicians in parliament.”
Horace Trubridge, Musicians’ Union General Secretary says: “British musicians have long enjoyed easy access to touring in Europe, as UK venues and festivals have benefited from easy access to European performers.
“We know from touring in the US and elsewhere, that visas and other restrictions impose significant costs and administration, and occasionally considerable financial loss when visas aren’t processed in time. We are calling on MPs and the Government to help secure a deal that will ensure ease of movement for touring and performing post-Brexit”.