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ISM Report - Impact of Brexit on Musicians

ISM releases Brexit Report

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), the professional body for the UK’s musicians, has published its latest report into the effects of Brexit on the music profession, titled Impact of Brexit on Musicians.

The research, conducted in February 2019, builds on previous surveys of musicians and reveals the concerns of more than 2,000 musicians in areas such as future work, mobility and visas, transportation of instruments and equipment, and health and social security.

Almost 50% of respondents identified an impact on their professional work since the EU referendum result in 2016, 95% of whom said it was negative. Respondents also expressed concerns about securing future work in EU countries, and worries about travelling and transporting instruments and equipment for work. Amongst recommendations for government, the report calls for freedom of movement to be protected for musicians, or a two-year working visa to be introduced.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM, said: “Impact of Brexit on Musicians demonstrates how much the music workforce depends on EU27/EEA countries for professional work, and reveals a profession who are deeply concerned about the future as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

“Musicians’ livelihoods depend on the ability to travel easily and cheaply around multiple countries for work in a short period of time. If freedom of movement is to end, the Government must ensure that free movement rights are maintained for musicians, or introduce a two-year multi-entry visa for British musicians working in the EU27.”

Source: Incorporated Society of Musicians