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Protect Musicians Rights Post Brexit

The Musicians' Union (MU) is working hard to represent you during the Brexit process.

Since the referendum, we have worked closely with MPs and Lords, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the music industry to protect musicians’ careers in the Brexit negotiations.

Our five key issues are protecting working musicians’ right to travel, copyright protection, workers’ rights, the rights of EU citizens in the UK, and arts funding.

The campaign is in full swing. And your support is essential.  

The end of free movement

The ability to travel and work freely and easily in the EU is of paramount importance to our members.

That is why we could not support the most recent Brexit deal. The MU will oppose any Brexit which removes freedom of movement for musicians.

We continue to fight for freedom of movement, or at the very least – a simple, cheap and admin-light EU touring visa for musicians and performers.

Thank you to everyone who has signed our petition for freedom of movement and a touring visa so far. That’s over 40,000 signatures in support of musicians working in the EU post-Brexit.

Tell us your Brexit thoughts, questions or concerns. Email Maddy Radcliff, MU Campaigns & Public Affairs Official at

There are lots of other ways to get involved in your Union, from attending events to supporting campaigns or joining committees where your voice has a real impact on what we do. Take a look at the options, and get involved.

The Brexit negotiations are going to be lengthy and complex, and there are many potential risks for musicians.

The MU will be fighting hard to retain mobility, funding, copyright and workers rights and employment status for EU nationals but it’s really important you get involved.

Horace Trubridge, MU General Secretary Elect

Brexit News

TUC Congress Backs MU Motion on Revoking Article 50

Delegates at TUC Congress vote to support a People’s Vote with remain as an option, calling on the TUC to campaign against the damaging right-wing agenda behind Brexit.

Attempt to Stop a ‘No Deal’ Brexit Supported by the MU

Staying in the European Union is still the best option for musicians. The MU supports Parliament’s attempts to stop a ‘No Deal’ Brexit, and calls for a People’s Vote.

Growing Concern Over the Government’s Hostile Environment Policies Effect on Musicians

The MU is concerned at the growing impact of the Government’s hostile environment policies which are jeopardising musicians’ opportunities to work.

Musicians’ Union Calls for General Election

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is calling for a General Election to follow the resignation of the Prime Minister.

Sign the Petition For a People’s Vote

Campaign group Labour for a Public Vote is calling on everyone who supports a People’s Vote to sign their petition for a confirmatory vote on Brexit.

Brexit Deal Voted Down in Parliament for the Third Time

Theresa May’s Brexit deal has today been voted down by the House of Commons. The UK now has until 12 April 2019 to set out its next steps. Any delay beyond 12 April will be dependent on approval from the EU.