Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to seek EU agreement to add musicians to the list of Independent Professionals allowed to supply services in the EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
The Government recognises the importance of touring for UK musicians and other creative professionals. We acknowledge that there will be some additional processes for those in creative industries working across the EU now that the transition period has come to an end. However, our agreement with the EU contains Transparency and Procedural Facilitation measures that will help ensure visa processes are as prompt and smooth as possible.
During our negotiations with the EU, the UK proposed measures, reflecting the views of the music industry itself, that would have allowed musicians to travel and perform in the UK and the EU more easily, without needing 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.
In practice this would have delivered an outcome that is closer to the UK’s approach to incoming musicians, artists and entertainers from non-visa national countries, such as EU Member States and the US, who can come to perform in the UK without requiring a visa. Unfortunately, these proposals were repeatedly rejected by the EU.
The EU did not propose and wouldn’t accept a tailored deal for musicians, artists and their support staff to tour across the EU and UK.
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.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.
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1. Touring Musicians: EU Visas and Permits
18/11/2021 - Westminster Hall
1: e-petition 563294, Seek Europe-wide Visa-free work permit for Touring professionals and Artists; Oral - Speech Link
2: considered enabling visa- and permit-free working for musicians in the EU.It is a great pleasure, Dr Huq, to see - Speech Link
2. Oral Answers to Questions
14/01/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: I am seeking an early meeting with the new US trade representative, Katherine Tai, and this will be - Speech Link
2: advice or our exchange of letters with the World Trade Organisation to prove that she is not bluffing and - Speech Link
3: What steps she has taken to help ensure that SMEs in Sedgefield can benefit from future free trade agreements - Speech Link
3. Oral Answers to Questions
05/11/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: businesses having already faced many months of reduced trade. There are significant packages of financial support - Speech Link
2: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Today, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has called before it the - Speech Link
3: situation and the inability of football to reach that agreement. There is already £50 million on the table for - Speech Link
4. UK Musicians: EU Visa Arrangements
19/01/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a - Speech Link
2: consistent that, during the negotiations with the EU, we pushed for ambitious arrangements allowing performers - Speech Link
5. Oral Answers to Questions
04/02/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: billion-worth of funding from the culture recovery fund has already been allocated across all four nations - Speech Link
2: his answer. It is great that the Government are taking the theatre sector seriously, as demonstrated by - Speech Link
3: for the culture sector over so many years. As my hon. Friend the Minister for Digital and Culture has previously - Speech Link