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UK Performers Raise Alarm Over Post-Brexit Music Tours

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Over a hundred UK music-makers, including Elton; Sting; Ed Sheeran; Simon Rattle; Bob Geldof; Joss Stone; Brian Eno; Kim Wilde; and Radiohead, believe European tours by British artists are at risk because of Brexit

 
They signed a strongly worded letter to the government demanding action. 
 
''British musicians, dancers, actors and their support staff have been shamefully failed by their government. The deal with the EU has a gaping hole where the promised free movement for musicians should be: everyone on a European music tour will now need costly work permits and a mountain of paperwork for their equipment,'' said the letter.
 
''The extra costs will make many tours unviable, especially for young emerging musicians who are already struggling to keep their heads above water owing to the COVID ban on live music. This negotiating failure will tip many performers over the edge.
 
''We urge the government to do what it said it would do and negotiate paperwork-free travel in Europe for British artists and their equipment. For the sake of British fans wanting to see European performers in the UK and British venues wishing to host them, the deal should be reciprocal,'' the letter continued.
 
 
''We absolutely agree that musicians should be able to work across Europe,'' responded a UK government spokesperson. ''The UK government put forward a proposal, based on feedback from the music sector, that would have allowed musicians to tour - but the EU repeatedly rejected this.
 
''The EU's offer in the negotiations would not have worked for touring musicians: it did not deal with work permits at all, and would not have allowed support staff to tour with artists. The signatories of this letter should be asking the EU why they rejected the sensible UK proposal.''
 
Today Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is due to host a roundtable discussion with representatives from the music industry, addressing their concerns.
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