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Arts missing out on tens of millions from expanded EU fund, say campaigners.
Extra paperwork, border checks and additional costs for exports - Brexit has destroyed the livelihoods of countless musicians.
Brexit has caused sadness far and wide, but for very many musicians who are only just beginning to emerge from the Covid-induced touring dearth, Brexit has been a disaster. A survey conducted by musicians in 2021 revealed that 34 per cent of musicians had already lost work as a result of Brexit. A violinist said, “I am professionally paralysed by Brexit.”
Figures seen as clear evidence of impact of ‘dud deal’ – now touring has recovered from Covid.
Boris Johnson had previously promised to "fix" issues around visas so UK musicians could tour the continent permit-free.
Many in the arts will look at 2022 with trepidation. There are still many issues with the Brexit deal from 12 months ago.
Only Spain has signed agreement, leaving artists mired in ‘mountains of red tape’ – with pressure on new Brexit minister Liz Truss to change course.