Musicians: Free Movement of People

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 23rd September 2020.

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Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on musicians working in EU countries of the end of the transition period.

Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to issue guidance for musicians with gigs booked in the EU after the end of the transition period in January 2021.

Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that freelance musicians working in EU countries are prepared for the scenario of the UK leaving the EU without a deal in January 2021.

Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will publish up-to-date guidance on preparing for a no-deal scenario for freelance workers in the creative industries working in the EU and the UK.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State

The Government is continuing to engage with business and industry as we approach the end of the transition period and is working to ensure freelancers, organisations and businesses know what they need to do to prepare.

On 1st September 2020, the Government launched a comprehensive communications campaign to help the UK prepare for the end of the transition period. This includes guidance on customs and mobility procedures important to professionals in the live music industry, including freelance musicians and touring professionals. My department will continue to engage with the creative industries to understand further the specific issues they may face.

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