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Industry figures issue warnings about Brexit

18 December 2018

UK MUSIC CEO Michael Dugher has written to Prime Minister Theresa May warning of potential Brexit risks to the music industry and artistes touring in Europe after 29 March.

In the letter, the head of the music industry’s umbrella organisation suggests that leaving the European Union (EU) will result in aristes being unable to across the continent.

“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.”

As an example, he raises the cost of carnets – customs documents for the movement of equipment and merchandise between countries, already required by non-EU members Norway and Switzerland – could cost between £1,000 and £2,000.

Currently, a British artsite with £35,000 of equipment visiting Norway and Switzerland during a 12 month period could spend around £700 on carnets and a service company to provide them.

Meanwhile, artistes incuding Paloma Faith, Annie Lennox, Chrissie Hynde and Billy Bragg, supported by organisations such as the Music Manager’s Forum,  have signed an open letter calling for an alternative to Brexit.

Organised by Sammy Andrews, who also campaigns for diversity and gender balance, the letter was sent under the banner Music4EU on 11 December, describing Brexit as a “significant threat” to the music industry. It did not suggest alternatives.

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