In Focus: Music and the Performing Arts

Since the end of the Brexit transition period, it’s become increasingly clear that the impact of leaving the EU on musicians and the performing arts is potentially devastating. The loss of Freedom of Movement limits the ability of Scottish artists to tour freely across Europe. A lack of reciprocal agreements could also make it more difficult and less attractive for European artists to visit the UK.

The failure to agree exemptions and access arrangements for this crucially important sector has resulted in a potentially massive jump in costs, increased bureaucracy and a range of practical barriers to performing across Europe. With negative consequences for artists, venues, supply chains and audiences, it threatens the livelihoods of tens of thousands and disadvantages us all; economically, socially and culturally.

This week eu+me launches a new campaign backed by a coalition of artists, industry insiders, trade organisations and partners to signal that the current position is damaging and unsustainable. It requires urgent action. We’re asking the politicians and decision makers to get back round the table with the EU immediately and agree new conditions that remove the barriers that now exist.

We’re getting in touch with all MP’s, MSP’s, MEP’s and national/local media with those simple demands. Please, amplify our message through all your social media channels and networks and get in touch with us at to tell us what you think.

Make your voice heard in this important campaign.


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