What will Brexit mean for the music industry?

Concert crowd and concert stage.

Concert crowd and concert stage. - Credit: Getty Images

As another gig-less summer of silence looms, it’s nothing new that musicians are already reeling from the impact of Covid-19, an inevitable demise of an entire industry if it hadn’t had been for technology.

Mix in a little bit of Brexit spice into the equation and you get an extra layer of threat to the livelihoods of our independent musicians. 

Among Brexit negotiations, the decision made by the Government to reject the offer of 90-day visa-free travel will limit artists from working and touring in the EU.  

Complying with the regulations set out from each individual EU country, all UK musicians will be unable to travel or perform without a permit.

For those starting out in the music business, this means that it will become economically impossible to tour around Europe, with the change making it impractical for all but the most established and financially robust artists. 

Creating £5.8 billion a year for the UK economy, can the UK afford to neglect Brexit deal provisions for the music industry? 

What’s certain is that the move will impact new and emerging artists and their crew, stifling their development and threatening the future of grassroots music. 

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It’s feared that the change in rules will also mean that less commercial EU artists will be discouraged from touring in the UK as the legislation becomes more complicated.  

UK artists such as Sir Elton John and Liam Gallagher have called for the Government to reconsider over fears that the consequences of the additional costs and bureaucracy could prevent the development of independent artists in the UK.  

Without free movement across the EU, the industry could be stripped of any chance of bouncing back once the pandemic is over.  

Not only that, but a glass ceiling will be sure to encourage the further monopolisation of the music industry, right at the very point where musicians have begun to experience their creative freedom and establish successful careers without major label domination.