Political parties start to ‘face the music’

Published on May 29, 2024

We've been campaigning for months for urgent action for musicians whose ability to perform or work in Europe has been crippled by post-Brexit bureaucracy.

Now it seems that the political parties are starting to listen. Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Chancellor, pledged to 'fix the European touring crisis,' by negotiating, 'an agreement on touring visas' during a campaign yesterday.

This is a huge win for our campaign - getting one of the biggest political parties to listen to the voices of musicians, our partners at UK Music, and the 30,000 of you who signed our Face the Music petition, and commit to a solution.

Thank you to everyone who has played a role in this campaign - signing our petition, sharing your stories and experience, chipping in with donations, spreading the message on social media and in the streets. The pressure we've built together is paying off.

Of course, it's not over yet. We need all the parties to commit to resolving the extensive problems musicians have faced since we left the EU so that we can build a cross-party consensus for change.

But today, let's celebrate this progress and the fact that there is now hope on the horizon for the hundreds of musicians, artists, technicians, actors and other performers who have seen their careers stunted by Brexit and the loss of freedom of movement.

You can help us spread the news on social media and push other politicians to follow and include this in their election manifestos.

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