MSP Gil Paterson has backed musicians in Clydebank to get the best possible deal from the UK’s exit from the European Union.
Musicians are concerned the Brexit process may lead to the introduction of individual member state work permits and/or visas for British musicians touring and working across Europe.
As some performers can be working in several different European countries over the course of a few days, the possible introduction of work permissions and/or visas for British musicians touring and working in Europe could be extremely detrimental.
The Musicians’ Union launched its free movement campaign in Spring 2017.
Mr Paterson said: “I strongly believe freedom of movement across Europe should be maintained in a post-Brexit Britain for our touring and performing artists.
“Most professional musicians and performers rely on touring and travelling for their careers and livelihoods and gigs are often organised at short notice.
“It’s integral that we keep the freedom to live and work around Europe, but that may not be the case if the shambolic handling of Brexit results in a ‘no deal’.
“Either way, our touring musicians may face being levied with administrative burdens and hurdles for going into the EU post-Brexit.
“I hope this will not be the case, and I’d like to let touring musicians, performers and artists in Clydebank and Milngavie know I am on their side and support the call of the Musicians Union.”
NOTES TO EDITOR:
The Musicians' Union was established in 1893 and represents over 30,000 musicians working in all genres of music. As well as negotiating on behalf of its members with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for professional and student musicians of all ages. Find out more via www.theMU.org.