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Brexit Barriers Facing Artists and Musicians


Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop (pictured) has requested an urgent meeting with the UK Government to discuss the impact of ending EU free movement on culture and creative sectors.

In a letter to the UK Culture Secretary, Ms Hyslop urged the UK Government to negotiate visa-free access for artists and other creative professionals touring and carrying out other short-term work between the UK and EU.

This follows a call with Home Office Minister Kevin Foster earlier this week, where similar concerns were raised regarding the new immigration system and barriers affecting creative professionals seeking to work and tour in the UK.

Ms Hyslop said:

“Scotland didn’t vote for Brexit, but Scottish artists and musicians are facing huge barriers to touring and other short-term international work compared to their EU counterparts and will have to understand and comply with 27 different visa regimes.

“That is why I am urging the UK Government to take action and have requested an urgent meeting with the UK Culture Secretary.

“It remains a fact that Europe is the most important international market for many who rely on touring and action is needed now to support musicians and other creative professionals to tour again, when it is safe to do so.

“It is vital that the UK Government stops its attempts to cut off Scotland’s creative talent from the rest of Europe, and instead seeks to negotiate reciprocal visa-free access for artists and performers touring between the UK and EU.”

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