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UK government considering creative industries export office to help support international tours

According to The Telegraph, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is looking at plans for a “UK creative industries export office” to help support international touring plans post Brexit. The new body would provide artist with help on the new visa arrangements required under the terms of the UK's trade deal with the European Union, as well as advise on export logistics and strategy.

The new body would closely resemble similar agencies in Australia and Canada, which will also help artist to expand into new markets and increase their exposure. The new office is a response to the growing anger surrounding the handling of the Brexit touring row by the UK Government, who failed to negotiate visa-free travel and Europe-wide work permits for musicians and crew during the initial Brexit negotiations.

David Martin, CEO of the UK’s Featured Artists Coalition told NME;

“In the short term, and to avoid a cliff edge following Brexit, the government must back a UK music export office while it works on longer-term, sustainable solutions. An office which is jointly operated by the whole industry and by government will be essential to support artists in navigating the new challenges they face across the live and the recorded aspects of their careers."
“This is particularly important for our breakthrough talent, who will become our superstars of tomorrow.”

Last week culture ministers were questioned by MPs about the cause and the consequences of the matter and future implications. While admitting that there were no plans to renegotiate these terms with the EU, the government also continues to be criticised for not yet being in talks with the individual countries and having no idea of the potential financial damage the Brexit could cause to the music industry. With many saying that the government continues treat the UK’s £111billion culture industries as “an afterthought” and putting more onus on the £5.2 billion fishing industry in the deal.


Sources: NME