Analysis October 2021: Progress report

OpenSkies

Despite the UK government’s announcements of major advances in negotiations, the impact of Brexit continues to be a cause for concern among British musicians and organisations. By Harry White

This year began with music industry bodies scratching their heads at the ambiguities that seeped out from the EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). EU visas and work permits, CITES musical instrument certificates (MICs), social security coordination and ATA carnet customs documents were among the areas of concern. With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions and a new artistic season upon us, navigating the labyrinth of Brexit and post-lockdown administration is now more than just a daunting prospect. In August the UK government announced that British musicians would be able to engage in short-term touring to several EU countries without a visa or work permit. At the time, industry bodies gave a cautious welcome, but to what extent has this reassured touring musicians – and is it indicative of general progress made from negotiations around the table?

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