UK artists can now tour in 19 EU countries without a visa

British artists are now ready to tour in 19 European member states without having a visa, the authorities announced on Wednesday.

The 19 EU international locations allowing British artists visa-totally free journey for short excursions are Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden.

The Division for Electronic, Lifestyle, Media and Sport (DCMS) said it is now “actively partaking with the remaining EU member states that do not allow visa and permit no cost touring, and calling on them to align their preparations with the Uk”s generous principles, which permit touring performers and assist staff members to arrive to the Uk for up to 3 months without the need of a visa.”

The DCMS verified to Euronews that the length of the visa-totally free permit relies upon on every personal state with some of the 19 member states making it possible for up to 3 months.

The deal arrives just after the government has faced extreme criticism from the tunes business after visa-no cost touring for British musicians was not bundled in the Brexit offer agreed with the EU.

A letter published in The Situations before this yr and signed by notable artists like Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Glass Animals, Liam Gallagher and the Sexual intercourse Pistols, experienced also argued that the “high priced perform permits” and “mountain of paperwork for their equipment” important to tour would be particularly burdensome for younger musicians.

The Permit the Audio Transfer campaign — supported by artists including Radiohead, The Chemical Brothers, Sampha, Annie Lennox, and New Buy — pressured for occasion that the EU touring sector for United kingdom artists is the world’s largest, nearly four moments the size of the US.

A spokesperson for the marketing campaign described the most recent announcement to Euronews as “an admission of failure” on the part of the British government:

“Failure to fulfil the promises designed by Federal government about securing our industry’s foreseeable future all through negotiations, failure to ‘fix’ the problem, as for each the Prime Minister’s statement of March this calendar year, and failure to provide certainty around touring in virtually a 3rd of EU nations around the world, 8 months soon after the songs sector was dealt a no-deal circumstance.”

“It stays that the UK’s music sector is in a far significantly less useful position now than it was pre-January,” they included.

They also named for the federal government to release the touring requirements for performers and crew for each individual of the 27 member states.

The Musicians’ Union explained the most current announcement as a “optimistic progress” in a statement to Euronews, incorporating that they “want to see the depth to be specified about what it means for musicians.”

“There are also even now significant troubles in nations around the world like Spain and with difficulties like carnets, items, cabotage and splitter vans also still triggering complications, we will go on to drive the govt to do far more to kind these out,” the spokesperson claimed.