The MU have also had lots of support from MPs. But, they need support from new MPs who won their seats in the last election. Right now, they might not know the challenges facing musicians or our sector. And they need to know that you, as their constituent, care.
Write to your MP
Write to your MP at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. If you’re not sure who your MP is, you can find out here.
Here’s some copy to get you started. Remember to add in a few lines about your experiences too – clearly explaining how it will affect you is key to getting Ministers and MPs to act:
Musicians rely on touring and performing in the European Union to make a living. They visit multiple countries on tour, often crossing borders daily and with very little notice.
Visa and customs rules post-Brexit need to account for this unique way of working. They need to reflect the fact that music is a highly skilled but low paid profession, and that there are many routes into the music industry.
Please support the Musicians’ Passport, an EU wide live music touring passport which lasts a minimum of two years, is free or at least affordable, covers all EU member states, annuls the need for carnets and other permits, and covers road crew and technicians.
MPs are ultimately accountable to their constituents – which means you have the power to make the listen.
The Musicians’ Passport
Over 40,000 people are calling for an EU-wide Musicians’ Passport for musicians working in the EU post-Brexit. Like a touring visa, it also overcomes some of the other challenges that musicians will face. This Musicians’ Passport must:
- Last a minimum of two years
- Be free or cheap
- Cover all EU member states
- Get rid of the need for carnets and other permits
- Cover road crew, technicians and other staff necessary for musicians to do their job
- Be reciprocal, so that artists based in the EU can share their music in the UK too