Costs of Brexit –
The UK music industry WAS worth 6 billion before Brexit!
There is a 5 stops rule for British musicians touring Europe
Touring is down 32%,coampared to 2017 – 2019 figures.
The Serial number of very cymbal must be recorded for tours Eyrope.
Truckers and Roadies - Britain used to run 85% of this business across Europe before Brexit.
Now the trucking business KB Events ltd, which has a fleet of 20 lorries, has set up in Ireland.
The costs to retrain their drivers to EU certificate is 20 million.
Sound engineers and Lighting crews are relocating.
Orchestras require extra staff for paper work, for work permits and can no longer use UK tour buses.
Tours require -
Carnets – custom passes
The cost of £1500 for one truck.
Merchandise – British lands can no longer sell T shirts and other merchandise, due to costs of import duties and export duties.
Brexit has caused arts and music festivals to be cancelled, as well as affecting the income of major UK arts festivals such as Edinburgh International festivals. There's been a loss of around 50,000 music related jobs.
Brexit also hinders cross collaborations and prevents and discourages European artists and musicians from touring in the UK.
Its especially damaging for emerging talent to be able to tour and gain experience of the different audiences in Europe. This comes on top of the Covid crisis and now the rising cost of living /inflation crisis UK.
80% of musicians income comes from touring.