The creative industries in a post-Brexit Britain


Back in March, we reported on The Creative Industries Federation Brexit Conference that the MIA attended (read it here). Since then, the CIF have been working hard to lobby the government and protect the success of our sector in relation to the impact of Brexit. A powerful article highlighting the priorities and issues for the creative industries (which of course MI is an important part) has been featured in the mass media.

Here are some important excerpts from the article featured in iNews.

“Suppose the Royal Opera House needs to fly in a world class soprano at short notice because a singer is indisposed – but the performance is cancelled because the paperwork can’t be processed in time. It’s the kind of nightmare scenario that organisations in the arts and media sector fear if Britain crashes out of the EU with no Brexit deal. The creative industries will hardly be marginal to the UK’s future in the brave new post-EU world.”

The CIF says “We are primarily a service sector and 95% of the creative industries consists of companies comprising fewer than 10 people, so an immediate increase to the cost and complexity of providing these services would be catastrophic.”

Michael Dugher, chief executive of the UK Music body, has called for a special touring “passport” for British artists after Brexit, should officials fail to produce an agreement on freedom of movement. A single EU-wide live music “touring passport” would “avoid new restrictions, costs and bureaucracy on artists and musicians” after Britain leaves the EU next March.

A UK Music spokesman added: “There are significant implications of a ‘no deal’ scenario for the music industry. It could lead to delays at hard borders when processing goods, including instruments and merchandise.”

You can read the full article written by Adam Sherwin for iNews here.

The ISM have recently launched FreeMoveCreate – a campaign to protect freedom of movement for the UK’s creative industries post-Brexit. The campaign says “We want to play our part in the UK’s future prosperity, but as a global industry, we need freedom of movement to be protected if we are to continue to make the best art with the best people and if artists are going to continue to delight audiences.”

Join the campaign, sign the petition and find out more at their website:

Their latest Musicians and Brexit report is a real insight into the true impact of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU on professional Musicians and their work. Have a read here: ISM Brexit Report

Brexit is not only affecting individual musicians, but also large scale music events. Edinburgh Festival is fearing a ‘disastrous’ impact.  It has created a ‘wave of uncertainty’ for the event that is hindering advance planning and deterring people from investing in the festival. There was also a number of international artists that were unable to perform at Womad world music festival (which happened 2 weeks ago) after visa issues. Organisers said that it was the latest example of the government’s “hostile environment” policy affecting international acts scheduled to perform in the UK.

The MIA will, of course, continue to keep you updated with any developments which may impact our industry, and we will naturally lobby as required for the future of our industry.

Alice Monk, and Anthony Short (President of the MIA) are attending a range of industry meetings about Brexit, if you have any specific questions, email and she’ll see if she can help!