EU artists have been able to come and go freely in the UK to embark on tour dates up and down the country, playing some of the most iconic venues in Europe. However, this is all about to change with the new visa rules that will cripple many venues and promoters. Many EU musicians come to the UK in search of joining or starting a new band, something that will now be impossible under new UK immigration rules.
Under the UK’s immigration rules, any EU musician wishing to come and work in the United Kingdom will have to pay £244 to apply for a Temporary Worker - Creative and Sporting visa (Tier 5). So if you’re in a band of 5, that’s £1220 they’ll need to fork out before they even enter the country. Not to mention the cost of flights, ferries, trains, van hire, road crew and most likely having to pay a tax on all merch the band bring in as well. Not only this, artists will need to obtain sponsorship from a “licensed employer”. “You need to have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed employer before you can apply to come to the UK to work,” according to the UK’s immigration rules.
UK musician and author John Robb, who is now on the board of musicians organisation Featured Artists Coalition said “This proposed new temporary work visa for European musicians coming to perform in the U.K. is an appalling restriction of musician rights. It’s unworkable, expensive and draconian and will be reciprocated for U.K. musicians trying to perform in Europe. We demand a better system before we lose our right to work and as a nation further lose valuable culture."
I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!CONTACT ME HERE
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