The Association of Independent Music (AIM), the trade body that represents the UK’s independent music sector, is calling for UK and EU representatives to “speedily” return to the negotiating table to flash out post-Brexit touring regulations for musicians and crew.

The Government denies that it rejected a Brexit agreement with the EU that would have allowed bands, artists and their crew to tour Europe for 90 days without the need for a visa.

The EU says that the UK rejected a standard proposal that would exempt performers and crew from needing a visa.

AIM is now asking both sides to come to a decision that would make touring easier, and viable.

AIM is in regular contact with Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and is currently liaising with officials to try to guide the situation towards a more advantageous solution.

In the interim, AIM will work together with DCMS to produce a country-by-country guide of accurate and practical information to help performers and crew who travel, work and tour around Europe.

Paul Pacifico, CEO of AIM said: “Much about Brexit is not as the UK music industry wanted and there are, inevitably, complexities to the UK’s new relationship with the EU. However, it is essential that we focus on real issues where they arise, such as work permits, VAT and data, and work with Government and EU counterparts to fix them. We must remain disciplined and focussed to ensure the music industry makes the most of every opportunity in spite of these problematic areas whilst we continue to push for a better outcome.”

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