Brexit Resources for outdoor arts

Updated: 25 01 2021

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 – which will mean getting used to some changes, now that the transition period has ended and the UK has officially left the EU.

We have produced the XTRAX Practical Guide to Brexit, with our friends Split Second.

This guide covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Administrative impact: contracts, tax, insurance, EU funding
  • Movement of people: Visas, passports, ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System), sponsorship licence and accessibility
  • Movement of goods and vehicles: Export and imports, EORI (Economic Operators Registration and Identification), ATA carnet, driving licences, creative freight solutions
  • Touring: impact and landscape, working with agents, budgeting 

All of the above is supported by examples and case studies given by a selection of companies who have examined how Brexit will impact them depending on the scale of their productions, their touring party, their cast members’ nationalities, and more – we will continue to update this as more information becomes available.

Brexit has far-reaching implications for touring in to and out of the UK and Europe. The issues affect all artists and industry professionals, no matter what art form – so many of the arts network and industry organisations are meeting regularly to try to ensure that we can all navigate the new systems, share information, and in some cases, campaign for changes that will make life easier for artists, promoters and industry professionals to continue to work and tour across Europe.

We have gathered some of the information here – please contact us if you can’t find what you are looking for and we will try to point you in the right direction.

We will also be arranging some webinars in the coming weeks to share what we know so far. Please sign up to our mailing list if you would like to be kept informed of future events

1. Arts Council England EU Exit: Transition Period Guide
Arts Council England has produced a detailed breakdown of the areas that you need to consider for touring work in the EU in 2021 and beyond.

The guide covers the following areas including Applying for EU funding, Import and export and movement of objects, Money, Taxes and Tax relief, Travel into the EU immigration and citizens advice, Data protection copyright and broadcast & tech. Providing information and links to help advise and plan your work & touring projects.

There is a really useful 7 step plan for artists and festivals as a useful checklist to make sure you can plan your visit and work in European, outlining any key considerations that you need to take on board before you travel.

The link to the document will be updated regularly so it’s worth keeping regular checks on those links.

2. Guidance for DCMS sectors on the UK’s exit from the EU
This is where you will find the regular updates from the government regarding the latest information for a broad range of art forms. There are a wide range of links to support your planning. They are broken down in sections and provided detailed links and information regarding travelling around the EU (Passports, Driving licenses) and the movement of goods with Carnets.

3. Brexit Guidance for Musicians
The Musicians Union have created this guide to advise musicians working across all sectors of the music industry, looking to tour in the EU. The easy-read flow chart is helpful for any musicians planning to tour to one or multiple locations in European. Ensuring that you have all of the documentation for your instruments and any equipment, merchandise and insurance that you will need when travelling.

Currently, there is a no visa deal for musicians and performers meaning work permits would be needed.

Incorporated Society of Musicians Brexit resources- The ISM are membership organisations also providing musicians with a detailed breakdown and lots of practical steps needed for working and touring in Europe for your short and long term planning.

4. UK Europe Arts Work – Guide to working in the EU

UK Europe Arts Work has provided the latest update from Europe and the UK and information for artists from the UK travelling to Europe, and Artists travelling from Europe to the UK.

The information also covers consideration travelling to the Schengen Countries and useful link regarding taxes, documentation for temporary work visas and what you need to apply for. This is another great resource and explains the breakdown of key information for artists.

It is updated regularly and includes video explainers.

5. UK Theatre Guide to Brexit

UK theatre is a membership organisation supporting artists and theatre-makers in the UK. They have a series of resources online that help arts, culture and heritage organisations prepare for new legislation as well as practical links and connecting artists to resources with FAQs.

6. One Dance UK

One Dance UK have a page with the latest updates about Brexit and also invite dance companies to ask questions or express concerns via a feedback form.

In the coming weeks, we will continue to update the guide and this page as more information becomes available.