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14 September 2021 - Movement of creative professionals - Oral evidence

Committee European Affairs Committee
Inquiry Movement of creative professionals

Tuesday 14 September 2021

Start times: 3:00pm (private) 4:00pm (public)

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Industry experts questioned on the movement of creative professionals

The House of Lords European Affairs Committee holds a one-off evidence session with industry experts on the movement of creative professionals between the UK and EU after the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

Meeting details

At 4:00pm: Oral evidence
Work Movement of creative professionals (Non-inquiry session)
National Secretary of the Arts and Entertainment, BBC and Independent Broadcasting Divisions at Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union
Chair at LIVE Touring Group, and Promoter at Marshall Arts
Chief Executive at Incorporated Society of Musicians


The UK creative industries sector contributes a significant amount to the UK economy, and within this sector music contributes £5.8 billion and employs over 100,000 people. The music sector is particularly reliant on cross-border touring, as has been emphasised in a report by the House of Lords EU Services Sub-Committee, “Beyond Brexit: trade in services”.

The provisions of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement governing the movement of independent professionals and short-term business visitors exclude many of those working in the creative industries. In addition to this each EU member state has a different set of rules for creative professionals to navigate, resulting in an increased burden of bureaucracy on creative professionals working across borders.

On 9 June 2021, the Committee received a letter from Lord Frost, Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, setting out the Government’s approach to the issue of touring performers during the negotiations on the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

The Committee is holding a one-off session to investigate the impact that the Trade and Cooperation Agreement has had on the UK creative industry and the movement of creative professionals.

Topics for discussion include:

  • How is touring affected by new barriers to the temporary movement of people and goods?
  • Are additional negotiations needed with the EU or bilaterally with Member States to address barriers to the movement of creative professionals?
  • To what extend can the problems affecting the sector be addressed domestically on a unilateral basis?
  • Are there any post-Brexit opportunities for the sector?

Further information


Virtual meeting (webcast)