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ISM releases Manifesto for Musicians ahead of 2019 General Election

11:52, 11th November 2019

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has released its Manifesto for Musicians ahead of the General Election 2019.

Among the key points highlighted in the manifesto, the ISM asks for:

  • An all-encompassing deal to protect the music community in the event that Brexit goes ahead, including the introduction of a two-year multi-entry visa for musicians
  • The reform or abolition of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), potentially introducing a sixth pillar in order to improve the uptake of music as a GCSE subject and reverse the decline of music education in state-funded secondary schools
  • A long-term commitment to music education hub funding of at least £100m per annum
  • Ensuring equalities legislation effectively covers all freelancers

Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the ISM, said:

‘Our latest Brexit report Impact of Brexit on Musicians demonstrates how much the music workforce depends on EU27/EEA countries for professional work, and reveals a profession who are deeply concerned about the future as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

‘We need to stay focused on ensuring that post-Brexit there is a comprehensive deal in place which will protect every aspect of the musician’s working life. This includes everything from a two-year, multi-entry visa to ensuring that musicians can take their instruments easily across the channel to work in the EU. At the moment there seems to be a huge number of obstacles in the path of our music community which will severely damage not just their livelihood but also the music sector.

‘Music knows no boundaries and it is vital Brexit does not put in place artificial rules and regulations that will deeply damage the music community for decades to come.’

Read the manifesto here.

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