Musicians in the UK have called on the government to preserve their freedom of movement in Europe after Brexit. A new report has shown that the UK's multi-billion pound music industry has been hit badly since half of its performers have been negatively affected by Brexit. The musicians in the country, represented by a professional body, have made specific requests of the government to preserve their free movement post-Brexit or introduce a special visa for traveling talents. There are claims that bands in the UK, as well as orchestras and singers, earn a huge income from their travels throughout Europe for gigs and festivals. The Incorporated Society of Musicians — ISM for short — said that the government must preserve musicians’ rights for free movement. The ISM published a report which revealed that about 50% of UK's surveyed musicians have been subjected to negative effects from Brexit. About 65% on the other hand, are saying that the new challenge in traveling to countries in the EU have become their biggest source of concern. These new difficulties in obtaining visas to tour Europe could tell heavily on the pockets of these musicians which will, in turn, affect the country's overall economy. About 60% of those who responded to the report are afraid that another problem they could be facing would be the restriction of transporting their equipment and instruments in the EU. This, no doubt will affect tours and bookings. The travel difficulty is so deep that even transporting piano ivory or rosewood used in making some musical instruments could become a problem. Some of these materials according to the report, are protected under the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora rules. The chief executive of ISM, Deborah Annetts, said musicians earn their income by traveling easily and at low costs around many countries wherever they have work in a short period. She stated that even if freedom of movement ends with Brexit, the government should ensure that musicians are not affected by the law. Alternatively, according to her, the government could create a multiple entry visa for musicians which will have a two-year validity. The career of musicians will not end with Brexit In response to the report, the Home Office recognized the impact of the music industry in the UK and has stated that Brexit will not stop the industry from flourishing. The skills-based immigration system which is yet to be established will protect these vital industries, the Home Office said. Stay connected to www.visatime.com to get updates about visa news from Asia, Africa, US, Americas, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East! We will also assist you with the visa process for the chosen country.
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