Entertainment Unions have warned that a vote to leave the EU on June 23rd would have “very unwelcome” consequences for British artists and performers across the country.
Entertainment unions, Equity and Musician’s Union (MU) have both come out in support of remaining in the European Union.
They warn that there could be a knock on effect for those in the entertainment industry should the UK vote to leave and more restrictive rules on visas and immigration be implemented, especially for British performers working abroad.
MU have said, “We could expect touring to become more difficult and potentially see British musicians having to apply for visas in order to travel to Europe.”
The entertainment unions have also highlighted the benefits that the EU has brought to the entertainment industry.
The UK’s membership of the EU has made touring easier and less expensive due to its open borders. Whilst EU Health and Safety legislation means the job of being a musician has become much safer, and worker’s rights legislation has improved the working life of artists in the UK.
Continued EU membership will also bring benefits to arts and culture across the UK.
The Creative Europe funding scheme is worth £1.07 billion.
In 2015 the culture sub-programme supported 54 British projects. Media strand has funded 53 screen co-productions.
Leaving the EU however, means potentially loosing access to these funding streams.