Petitioning Prime Minister Theresa May MP and 9 others

Ask Government and Parliament to Support Free Movement for Musicians Post-Brexit


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Most professional musicians and performers rely on touring and performing in the European Union to make a living. 

Being able to travel is essential to keep a music career going. Being able to travel easily is equally important as gigs are often organised at short notice. 

We need free movement to continue for musicians working in the EU, with minimum administrative burdens.

Before the European Union, travelling in Europe was tough – it was expensive, heavy on the admin, and time-consuming. Musicians who’ve had to go through the visa process for the United States know how costly and confusing it can be. We don’t want musicians’ rights in the EU to go backwards, and we don’t want music in the EU – or the UK – to be restricted by unnecessary expense or bureaucratic burdens.

“Music, and the performing arts more generally, rely on exchange of ideas and interaction between performers of different nationalities. Music flourishes in an open world with no borders — not a closed-off island that looks inward on itself” – MU General Secretary, and founder member of Darts, Horace Trubridge. 

Over 100 MPs and Peers have committed to protecting musicians’ right to move freely and easily in the European Union (EU) after Brexit.

Let’s show the Government, MPs and Peers that they must support musicians working in the EU.

The Musicians’ Union is made up of over 30,000 musicians across the UK. Our members are already writing to their MPs asking them to support our pledge, and sharing their experiences of working in the EU across social media using the hashtag #WorkingInTheEU.

Please add your voice to our call. Sign and share the petition #WorkingInTheEU.

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This petition will be delivered to:
  • Prime Minister Theresa May MP
  • David Davis MP (Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union)
  • Karen Bradley MP (Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
  • Jeremy Corbyn MP (Leader of the Labour Party)
  • Tom Watson MP (Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture)
  • Keir Stamer MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union)
  • Vince Cable MP (Leader of the Liberal Democrats)
  • Ian Blackford MP (SNP Westminster Leader)
  • Caroline Lucas MP (Co-leader of the Green Party)
  • Jonathan Bartley (Co-leader of the Green Party)

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