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POLL REVEALS THE COST OF BREXIT

British musicians are eyeing a move to Europe or a career change as Brexit rules kick in amid the easing of COVID-19 rules.

A new survey by the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the Musicians’ Union reveals that 43% of musicians are still planning tours or shows in the EU in the future; 42% of musicians would consider relocating to in order to continue working; and 21% are considering a change of career. Almost three-quarter of the poll-takers said that the effects of Brexit will impact their ability to make a living.

Nearly 80% of the 545 musicians polled expect their earnings in Europe to decrease once restrictions are lifted. Work permits, visas, equipment and transportation expenses have risen and some survey respondents expect those costs to hit. as much as £15,000 extra per tour.

Of those polled, a quarter took 21 or more gigs in an average year in Europe and 29% had between one and five.

“This survey shows that the U.K.’s musicians are contemplating drastic action due to the enormous obstacles they face in taking their world renowned talent into the EU marketplace,” MU General Secretary Horace Trubridge said.

“This Government failed to ensure that performers would be protected from acres of bureaucracy and additional costs when the TCA was negotiated. As a result, we may lose a large chunk of the talent that underpins our £5.8b industry. The PM needs to step in and sort this mess out now just like he promised when questioned in the House some weeks ago. The damage done to the UK music industry if the government does not act is immeasurable.”

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