Seek Europe-wide Visa-free work permit for Touring professionals and Artists

We would like the UK Govt to negotiate a free cultural work permit that gives us visa free travel throughout the 27 EU states for music touring professionals, bands, musicians, artists, TV and sports celebrities that tour the EU to perform shows and events & Carnet exception for touring equipment.

285,086 Signatures

Status: Open
Opened: 22 Dec 2020, 2:07 p.m.
Last 24 hours signatures : 18
Estimated Final Signatures: 707,418

Daily Rank: #289 • Weekly Rank: #205 • Total Rank: #5


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Recent Documents related to Seek Europe-wide Visa-free work permit for Touring professionals and Artists

1. Dr Patrycja Rozbicka and Michael D. Conroy - written evidence
10/07/2018 - Inquiry: Live music - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: Rozbicka, Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University, BirminghamMichael D. Conroy, Tour manager/Front of House  The

2. UK Music - written evidence
10/07/2018 - Inquiry: Live music - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: industry, from songwriters and composers to artists and musicians, studio producers, music managers, music

3. Artist Visas
03/09/2019 - Commons Research

Found: non-EU artists entering the UK 2 1.2 Visa requirements for temporary festival performers and artists 3 1

4. The Live Music Forum - written evidence
10/07/2018 - Inquiry: Live music - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: supporting industries. From catering and transport to equipment supply and insurance, a plethora of industries

5. Musicians'Union - written evidence
10/07/2018 - Inquiry: Live music - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
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Found: Musicians'Union Written evidence submitted by the Musicians’ Union   The Musicians' Union (MU) was established in 1893

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Recent Speeches related to Seek Europe-wide Visa-free work permit for Touring professionals and Artists

1. UK Musicians: EU Visa Arrangements
19/01/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: recognise the importance of the UK’s world-leading cultural and creative industries. We recently demonstrated - Speech Link

2. Brexit: Movement of People in the Cultural Sector (European Union Committee Report)
15/05/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: perhaps I will wait a moment while free movement outside the cultural sector takes place.It is a - Speech Link

3. Arts: Impact of Brexit
11/10/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: successful film brands in the world come from the work of British novelists: JK Rowling, Ian Fleming and - Speech Link

4. EU: British Musicians
03/06/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: with the European Union to enable British musicians to tour and play in Europe following the end of the - Speech Link
2: Government recognise the importance to musicians of the continued ability to tour, for both artistic and economic - Speech Link
3: destructive effect that Covid is already having on musicians’ incomes. Do the Government recognise that it - Speech Link
4: for a touring visa based on best precedent, so that UK musicians could work short term within the EU. However - Speech Link

5. Economy and Society: Contribution of Music
21/01/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: That this House has considered the contribution of music to the economy and society.It is a pleasure - Speech Link
2: congratulate the outgoing chief executive of UK Music, my predecessor Michael Dugher, on putting a big - Speech Link
3: early in my speech.UK Music’s new report, “Music By Numbers”, represents the most comprehensive set - Speech Link
4: 2017-19 Parliament. Does he agree that although live music may seem healthy on the surface, there are still - Speech Link

6. Oral Answers to Questions
04/02/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: there is so much more that we can do to help our cultural offer that is not just cash injection. I implore - Speech Link
2: proposals, which would have allowed UK touring professionals to tour more easily, but they rejected them - Speech Link
3: Friend for his deep interest in the heritage and cultural sector, which we have talked about on many occasions - Speech Link

7. Music Sector: Working in Europe
03/02/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: the importance of international touring for the whole range of UK cultural and creative practitioners. The - Speech Link
2: Lords, does the Minister find it acceptable that artists from countries across the globe, such as Colombia - Speech Link
3: brilliant musicians and creative artists. As he knows, in the UK-EU trade negotiations the EU tabled a - Speech Link

8. European Union: Visa-free Touring for Musicians
19/01/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: European Union to the United Kingdom for visa-free touring for musicians in European Union member states; and - Speech Link
2: thriving cultural industries and pushed for ambitious arrangements for performers and artists to be able - Speech Link
3: noble Baroness offer some glimmer of hope to musicians, who generate £5.8 billion for the UK economy - Speech Link
4: incredible contribution of our cultural sectors, including musicians and the connected creative sectors - Speech Link

9. Artist Visas
04/09/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: grew out of a desire to rebuild international cultural co-operation after the second world war. Conceived - Speech Link

10. UK Musicians Performing Overseas
25/11/2015 - Westminster Hall

1: considered UK musicians performing overseas.Last Friday was a significant day for two UK music artists - Speech Link

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The UK has a huge music / event touring industry which has suffered immensely due to Covid. After the end of the transition period, we face further hardship when trying to tour the EU on a professional basis, with potentially each country asking for its own visa, that would be valid only for one trip, As a freelancer I and many like me travel through the EU countless times a year on different tours and events, this will become impossible due to cost and time if we do not have visa free travel.


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Government Response

During our negotiations, we proposed measures to allow creative professionals to travel and perform in both the UK and EU, without needing work-permits. Unfortunately, the EU rejected these proposals.


The UK Government supports ambitious arrangements for performers and artists to be able to work and tour across Europe. In the negotiations with the EU, we were determined to get a good deal for British music because we recognise the value of this industry.

As negotiations began, we consulted extensively with the sector to find out what they needed from the negotiations. We listened to the experts in British music, including bodies like the Musicians Union, and reflected their views in our proposal to the EU.

During our negotiations with the EU, we sought a mutually beneficial agreement that would have allowed performers to continue performing across the continent without the need for work permits. Specifically, we proposed to capture the work done by musicians, artists and entertainers, and their accompanying staff through the list of permitted activities for short-term business visitors. This was a straightforward solution for our creative industries which would have benefited all sides.

The EU turned down our proposals on the basis that musicians were providing a service which they viewed as necessitating a work permit and/or visa.

This outcome is regrettable, however there is scope to return to this issue in the future should the EU change its mind. Meanwhile the UK Government will make the case for arrangements that make touring easier in the EU and also seek to signpost to guidance which will help UK business travelers navigate individual Member States’ immigration systems.

The UK remains open for musicians to tour here. Musicians and artists (and technical staff) traveling to the UK from non-visa national countries, which includes but is not limited to EU nationals, are able to carry out a number of activities relating to the music and touring industry without a visa. Visiting musicians to the UK may perform at events, make personal appearances, take part in competitions, promotional activities and auditions, for up to 6 months without the need for formal sponsorship or a visa if they are not being paid beyond expenses or prize money. They can also receive payment for appearances at permit free festivals for up to 6 months, or for up to one month for a specific engagement. Musicians and support staff who are being paid in the UK may also qualify for entry under the Tier 5 Creative Worker route, if they are sponsored by a UK entity licensed with UK Visas and Immigration for this purpose. Entry is for up to 12 months and the relevant rules also provide for accompanying dependents. Entry under the Tier 5 Creative Worker route is visa-free for non-visa nationals where entry is for no more than three months.

The deal delivers on the Government’s promise to take the UK out of the EU’s customs territory and to regain control of our borders. This means there will be new customs processes on goods headed from GB into the EU and vice versa. These processes ensure that customs authorities remain able to protect their regulatory, security and financial interests. As part of this, ATA Carnets can be used for temporary imports of some goods, including professional equipment, as an alternative to facing full customs controls. This is already an option for temporary goods movements from the UK to many other non-EU countries. It reflects the established international approach in line with the ATA and Istanbul Conventions.

The Government recognises the importance of touring for UK musicians and other creative professionals, and has engaged extensively with the creative industries and arts sector since the announcement of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement to ensure they are aware of the new requirements. Going forward, we will continue our close dialogue with the creative and cultural sectors to ensure that they have the support they need to thrive.

We are also taking all steps we can to make the new processes as straightforward as possible for UK artists performing across the continent. Through negotiations with the EU we secured Transparency and Procedural Facilitation measures that will help ensure visa processes are as prompt and smooth as possible. The Agreement also contains provisions that promote efficient customs arrangements and we are working to make it easier to apply for and use ATA Carnets.

Furthermore, the Government is taking unprecedented action to help the music sector during the crisis. We’ve provided £1.5 billion of direct support for arts across the UK, the biggest one off investment ever, and a sum that far exceeds what’s been provided in other countries. That builds on billions more coming from furlough, the self-employed income support scheme and other government support.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport