Shetland's MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrat Beatrice Wishart, has today called on the Scottish Government to coordinate practical post-Brexit visa advice along with Covid-19 advice for travelling musicians. New arrangements force artistes to apply for separate visas as they work across Europe.
Separate visas are predicted to cost artistes dearly to work abroad and regional restrictions further complicate the beleaguered arts industry. As a member of the EU, UK artistes were allowed to work without the requirement of visas. Ms Wishart previously raised the issue of visa advice for musicians with the Scottish Government in January.
Ms Wishart said:
‘I'm calling for the Scottish Government to outline post-Brexit visa guidance for European countries to help travelling musicians and their support teams. The music industry has already struggled throughout the pandemic and new visa processes will make touring more difficult than before, for both established and new artistes. This should be linked with advice for any Covid-19 restrictions which may include regional variations.
‘The Minister has assured me progress has been made since I first raised the matter in January. Once travelling restarts, I want to make sure regional restrictions are not an added burden on the creative industry.
‘As we have seen in the islands, variations to regional Covid-19 restrictions have created confusion in everyday life. Let’s support our artistes through the barriers created by Brexit.’
Notes to Editors
You can find the exchange between Beatrice Wishart MSP and the Minister (16.06.21) here.
You can find the previous exchange between Beatrice Wishart MSP and the Minister (27.01.21) here