Impact of the Withdrawal Agreement on Musicians, the Arts and other Creative Industries
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Impact of the Withdrawal Agreement on Musicians, the Arts and other Creative Industries
17 June, 2021 at 6:30 pm - 9:30pm
Zoom Webinar
London EC3V 3NL
United Kingdom
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Josephine Pye


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Impact of the Withdrawal Agreement on Musicians, the Arts and other Creative Industries

Time and date: Thursday, 17 June 2021 at 18.30

The next webinar in the London4Europe series covers the implications of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement on musicians, artists and other creative industries.


The UK’s music industry – contributing some £4.5 billion a year to the UK economy – is globally dominant and forms a central part of our creative industries, which together valued at £101.5 billion a year to the UK economy, are equivalent to the construction or banking industries.

Yet, following the end of the transition period with the EU, UK musicians can no longer travel and work freely across the EU. In some countries, such as Spain and Germany, musicians will have to apply for a work permit if they want to be paid for performances.

Is this a "teething problem" or a long-term issue? In either case, what are the implications for one of our most successful industries.

Following presentations by our three lively and distinguished speakers, there will be an opportunity for discussion and Q&A, moderated by London4Europe officers. If you have any questions you would like to be considered, please forward them in advance to [email protected].

Our speakers

Tom Kiehl: Tom is a specialist in music and creative industries policy and strategy. He was a founding architect of the Live Music Act, designed to deregulate live music performance from entertainment licensing, and navigated its passage through Parliament as a Senior Parliamentary and Political Adviser in the House of Lords. Tom joined UK Music in 2012 as Director of Government and Public Affairs. Prior to this, Tom worked in the Houses of Parliament for 11 years as an advisor and researcher in a Whips Office in both Government and Opposition. Tom took the role of acting CEO from 31 January.

Tom will present an overview of the sector before Brexit, monitoring current impacts and the representations his organisations are currently making to Government.

Sarah Williams: although well-known to some as Labour councillor in Haringey (West Green), as a Vice Chair of the Musicians' Union, she will be speaking from a musician's point of view, citing relevant case studies about how artists now have to deal with separate states within Europe. Sarah plays the trombone and we expect at least a few notes!

Howard Goodall CBE: Howard is one of Britain’s best-known composers of choral music, stage musicals, TV and film scores. He is also a distinguished music historian and broadcaster. He was a guest panellist at the European Movement's Virtual Conference on 27/03/2021. Here is a link to the summary of his contribution.



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