Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and Founder of the FreeMoveCreate campaign said:
'We are disappointed to learn that, despite numerous meetings with government officials, a wealth of research and plenty of warning from the FreeMoveCreate campaign and its supporting organisations, the withdrawal agreement confirms freedom of movement will end after the transition period.
Our prosperous creative industries and their artists – musicians, dancers, artists, designers and all of their teams – rely on freedom of movement for work. As we have warned, loss of freedom of movement will impact on key parts of the creative industries, which contributes more than £92bn to our economy. We simply cannot afford it.
If freedom of movement is to end, the Government must ensure that the creative industries continue to maintain free movement rights, or establish a two-year multi-entry visa for British creative professionals working in the EU27.
However, FreeMoveCreate welcomes the clause allowing extension of the transition period. A longer transition period will mean creative professionals will maintain their current mobility rights for longer. The Government has said since the summer that it will negotiate a Cooperative Accord on Culture and Education with the EU, but has persistently failed to provide details. We urge the Government to clarify its intentions on the Cooperative Accord and other aspects of the final relationship affecting the creative industries as soon as possible.'