Hear from people in the music industry affected by Brexit
“I'm very sorry to say that I think the industry in the UK is dying. I think we're out of the equation in terms of working in Europe and, although I'm freelance and British, up until Brexit I was working more in Europe than I was here."
Rachel Nicholls is a freelance classical soprano, who studied at the Royal College of Music.
“The post-Brexit Carnet for us was over £1000. Each had to be itemised. 8 hours waiting at Dover and it costs over a grand for the pleasure. What’s worse, is that sometimes nobody ever looks at the stuff.”
Matt has been in a touring band for over 10 years, his first EU tour was in 2015. He works as a touring musician with Sly and the Family Drone, and the tech manager of the King Alfred Phoenix Theatre in Golders Green, North London.
“It's absolutely devastating because I think Britain has such richness in music and talent."
“I remember phoning the Welsh office saying, okay, I'm having this instrument and I need to send it to Europe: what do I do? And they said, well, we don't really know yet."
“Now, we basically don't have European customers."
Sabina Allen-Kormylo works as an instrument-maker, a luthier, based in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.
“There is a visa for the UK that Schengen artists can get, which lasts for a year and is easily renewable online."
“There is no reciprocating visa for UK artists to do the same, and you must also know that we were offered free touring, visa free touring as artists. But they (the UK government) refused it.”
Peter Hoare is a Grammy-nominated operatic and classical tenor from Bradford. Peter has made a career and a name for himself through performing both classical and contemporary opera.
"In the past could easily travel to the EU. You could work in any of the EU states. There were no complications regarding taking over equipment. There were no complications taking over any merchandise. That is no longer available to you."
Ian Smith is the founder of both Frusion and UKEARTSWORK and Project Lead for Waves Vienna.
Amongst holding a host of other roles over a long career in the live music sector, Ian is a musician, producer, engineer, festival & event promoter and Arts Centre programmer.
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