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Musicians: Visas and Work Permits

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 156235, tabled on 22 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of additional visa and work permit restrictions on the (i) number and (ii) proportion of UK music performers who perform in Europe.

Answered on

1 March 2021

The Government recognises the world-leading position of the UK music sector and the rich breadth of musical talent across the UK. According to UK Music’s 2020 report, the sector contributed £5.8bn GVA to the UK economy in 2019 and generated £2.9bn in export revenue.

Leaving the EU has meant changes to how practitioners operate in the EU. UK cultural professionals, including musicians, seeking to perform within the EU are required to check domestic immigration and visitor rules for individual Member States.

The Government is committed to supporting the sector to maintain its world-leading position, and to help it recover from the impact of the Covid pandemic. We recognise that the new provisions in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) will require the sector to adapt to new requirements and ways of working with the EU now we are no longer a Member State.

We are now working urgently across government and in collaboration with the music and wider creative industries to understand our sector's concerns. This includes the DCMS-led working group which brings together other government departments and sector leads to understand the impacts and consider options so that touring in Europe can resume with ease as soon as it is safe to do so.