Musicians: Visas

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 19th November 2018.

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Photo of James Frith James Frith Labour, Bury North

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the Incorporated Society of Musicians' proposal for a multi-entry touring visa for UK musicians touring the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of James Frith James Frith Labour, Bury North

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of musicians in the UK that travel regularly to Europe to perform; and what discussions he has had with that sector on the potential effect of changes to travel after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Whilst the government is clear that free movement will end as we leave the EU, we are aware that continued access to international talent and the ability for UK talent to tour are key concerns for the cultural and creative sectors. As set out in the White Paper on our future relationship with the EU, the UK will make a sovereign choice to seek reciprocal mobility arrangements with the EU in a defined number of areas, for example to allow business professionals to move to provide services, or tourists to continue to travel visa-free. We have been collaborating closely with other government departments to help them to understand the particular needs of the music sector.

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