Brexit Resources for outdoor arts

We have been keeping a careful eye on what Brexit will mean for artists and promoters in the UK and Europe – and we want to do all we can to ensure that everyone in the arts sector can continue to collaborate, tour and work together. Now that the UK has officially left the EU, we have compiled a list of resources detailing some of the changes for artists.

If you’re a UK artist looking to tour to Europe…  

  • XTRAX’s Practical Guide to Brexit. If you’re not sure where to start, have a look at this checklist before exploring the rest of the guide and the case studies.   
  • Artsadmin’s guide to touring across Europe for UK performing artists and companies offers a practical step-by-step overview of what you need to think about ahead of an engagement in Europe. They also have country-specific guides for 19 countries, which include specific information on funding, VAT, tax and moving people, props and sets. 
  • Mobility Information Points (MIPs) are information centres and/or websites in several European countries which aim to tackle administrative challenges that artists and cultural professionals can face when working across borders. Most of them will be available for a chat if you need specific advice around visas, social security, taxation, etc.  
  • The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK’s professional body for musicians. They have gathered a number of very useful resources – some of them available to non-members – including a guide summarising the visa and work permit requirements for several European countries. 
  • The Musicians Union have compiled an easy-to-understand interactive flowchart for musicians travelling to the EU.  
  • Farnham Maltings has a very comprehensive resource library on international touring, including some Brexit resources.  
  • ETIAS information (European Travel and Information Authorisation System)
  • XTRAX’s upcoming free Open Conversations session and previous session recordings.


If you’re a UK festival looking to invite European artists… 

  • LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment) created a one-page summary of the routes of entry to the UK for EU artists and entertainers. 
  • Arts Infopoint UK is a pilot initiative to support the arts sector with information on practical issues relating to artist mobility. The Arts Infopoint UK project will look at ways to provide support for artists visiting Wales and the UK who need information in areas such as visas, taxation and social security.
    • VISA guide for artists planning a creative visit to the UK
  • GOV.UK guidance on visiting the UK as a creative professional from a non-visa national country.
  • Edinburgh Fringe’s guide for international performers.


We will be updating the guide and this page on an ongoing basis as more information becomes available. Get in touch with us if you need a more comprehensive list of resources or specific advice.