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You recently signed the petition “Seek Europe-wide Visa-free work permit for Touring professionals and Artists”:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/563294

On Tuesday 19 January there will be an Urgent Question asking the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on visa arrangements for UK musicians in the EU.

You can watch the response, and further questions on the topic here: https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/526cefd6-f681-4218-abf1-54a66efdd285

This will start at around 1pm, after the conclusion of topical questions to the to the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs.

What is an Urgent Question?
If an urgent or important matter arises which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to ask an urgent question.

Find out more about Urgent Questions here: https://www.parliament.uk/about/how/business/urgent-questions/
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You recently signed the petition “Seek Europe-wide Visa-free work permit for Touring professionals and Artists”:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/563294
On Monday 8 February the Petitions Committee will hold a virtual e-petition session to discuss arrangements for UK musicians in the EU.
MPs will discuss arrangements for UK musicians in the EU in light of the petition you have signed calling for a Europe-wide visa-free work permit for touring professionals and artists. Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Digital and Culture, will respond for the Government.
Watch live from 4.30pm on Monday 8 February:
https://youtu.be/VsaAKoULWNs
Petitions sessions and debates are an opportunity for MPs to discuss the important issues raised by petitions, however they cannot directly change the law or result in a vote to implement the request of the petition.
This petition is being considered in an e-petition session because sittings in Westminster Hall (where e-petitions are normally debated) have been suspended as part of Parliament’s arrangements for adapting to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Find out more about this session: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/326/petitions-committee/news/138759/mps-to-discuss-petition-relating-to-arrangements-for-uk-musicians-in-the-eu/
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Evidence collection meeting today:

You recently signed the petition “Seek Europe-wide Visa-free work permit for Touring professionals and Artists”:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/563294

On Thursday 4 February, MPs will hear from a range of artists and other sector professionals about arrangements for UK touring professionals and artists in the EU. This has been organised by the Petitions Committee as a direct result of this petition.

Those taking part include:

Tim Brennan (Petition Creator)
Stuart Murdoch (Songwriter, singer and musician, Belle and Sebastian)
Anna Patalong (Operatic soprano)
Emma Pollock (Co-Founder Chemikal Underground Records and performer)
Rakhvinder Singh (Violinist and co-founder, Manchester Collective)
Ian Smith (Founder, UKEartswork)
Nicky Spence (Operatic tenor)
Yousef (DJ and Circus Recordings record label owner)

Watch the session live from 2.30pm: https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/1af4f09c-3853-4819-a6ac-80bd08436939

MPs from the Petitions Committee, alongside guests from the Digital, Culture, Media Sport and the Scottish Affairs Committees will hear from artists and touring professionals about their experiences of working in Europe, and the impact they feel post-Brexit changes to work and travel rules will have on their career.

You can find out more about the session here: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/326/petitions-committee/news/138987/committee-announces-evidence-session-on-arrangements-for-uk-touring-professionals-and-artists-in-the-eu/

What is the purpose of this session?
What is said during this session will be used to inform the upcoming e-petition session on Monday 8 February, where MPs will be able to put the concerns of petitioners and the industry directly to a Government Minister. The e-petition session will take place from 16:30 on Monday, and will be able to watch live on Parliament TV: https://parliamentlive.tv/Commons

Read the results of our survey
Thank you to everyone who completed our survey about this issue. The results will help inform both of these sessions about this petition.

The Committee’s survey found that:

Almost 100% of respondents who identified as music and/or performing arts fans said that they ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’ that they are concerned about the survival of the music and performing arts industries as a whole and people’s jobs.

81% of respondents said they were ‘very likely’ or ‘likely’ to stop touring Europe as a result of the changes

79% said that they were “extremely worried” or “very worried” about the future of their job or career in light of the new rules.

60% of respondents answered ‘yes’ or ‘maybe’ when asked if they were considering changing their career in light of the changes

50% expected they’d have to reduce the size of their touring party when touring Europe in future, resulting in job losses


You can read the full results of the survey here: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/22289/default/

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You recently signed the petition “Seek Europe-wide Visa-free work permit for Touring professionals and Artists”:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/563294

Petitioner survey and e-petition session
Thank you to the over 16,000 people who responded to our survey on the impact of Brexit on artists and touring professionals!

Your responses have enhanced the Committee's understanding of this issue, and informed the points MPs on the Committee made to the Minister for Digital and Culture in our e-petition session held on Monday 8 February.

Read a summary of what you told us: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/22289/default/
Watch the e-petition session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsaAKoULWNs
Read the session transcript: https://committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/1675/default/
Follow the Petitions Committee on Twitter for real-time updates on its work: https://www.twitter.com/hocpetitions

Next steps
Next Tuesday 16 February, Petitions Committee Chair Catherine McKinnell MP will join MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee as they examine how the music, stage and screen industries are being affected by new rules governing the movement of people and goods between the UK and EU. They will then question the Government about next steps.

Watch the session (from 10am - 1pm, Tuesday 16 Feb): https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/4bd22d71-fc47-48e5-b87a-15fc07eab0cb
Find out more: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/378/digital-culture-media-and-sport-committee/news/139214/mps-call-in-minister-over-failure-to-reach-agreement-with-eu-on-visafree-touring

What is the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
The DCMS Committee is a cross-Party group of backbench MPs who are responsible for scrutinising the work of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and its associated public bodies, including the BBC. They examine government policy, spending and administration on behalf of the electorate and the House of Commons.

Find out more about the DCMS Committee: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/378/digital-culture-media-and-sport-committee/
Follow the DCMS Committee on Twitter for real-time updates on its work: https://www.twitter.com/CommonsDCMS

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You recently signed the petition “Seek Europe-wide Visa-free work permit for Touring professionals and Artists”:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/563294

On 9 March, the Petitions Committee published the Government's response to the Committee's letter asking for clarity on UK-EU negotiations relating to arrangements for visa-free travel for artists and touring professionals in light of conflicting press reports.

Read the Petitions Committee letter: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/4375/documents/44829/default/
Read the Government's response: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/23569/default/

Find out more
Find out more about the role of the Petitions Committee: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/326/petitions-committee/role/
Follow the Committee on Twitter for real-time updates on its work: https://www.twitter.com/hocpetitions

Thanks,
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UK Government and Parliament
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