In a question to @DavidGHFrost Lord Moylan said: "I see one of the great opportunities of Brexit as the opportunity to diversify our trade away from its artificial and risky dependence on the European Union."
So how does a emerging band diversify away from that first tour...
of the EU, where they can audience exposure & gain experience for wider markets in the future.
Throwing your gear in the back of a clapped out van and setting off into the sunset has been the making of most great UK bands & artists.
The expense of throwing your gear in ...
the hold of a jet, to play somewhere that isn't right on our doorstep, will be completely unviable to most startup bands & also a lot of established ones too.
Lord Moylan then goes on to ask @DavidGHFrost "What plans the Government have to sponsor and support new and existing industry-led export promotion agencies, which can help in hunting down sales around the world?"
@DavidGHFrost responds: "My Lords, my noble friend is absolutely right to set out the trade opportunities now available to this country after leaving the EU. I and many of my Cabinet colleagues work closely with industry organisations of all kinds to help them in their...
export plans, understand any difficulties that they face and resolve those difficulties. We continue to do that expeditiously."
The Creative industry is one of those massively affected by Brexit, yet we see no sign of resolution of the post Brexit creative touring issues...
or indeed any real effort to do so.
@LordStras asked @DavidGHFrost: "While the benefits of Brexit remain so elusive, should we not instead be tackling the serious downsides of the EU trade deal, such as the huge hit to our £111 billion creative arts sector? British ...
performers now face major obstacles to touring in Europe, including prohibitive costs and mountains of red tape. Meanwhile, musicians from Tonga and other third countries can tour freely in the EU.
@DavidGHFrost responded "My Lords, we stand fully behind our great creative industries and support them in touring around the European Union. As is well known, we have launched a campaign in the small minority of member states that...
do not allow relatively easy touring. We are actively lobbying the member states concerned and will continue to do so, in the hope that they change their arrangements to make them as liberal as ours."
What campaign is that then, that you have launched in the small minority (10 out of 27, over a third) of states?
@DavidGHFrost has yet to personally answer the open letter that #CarryOnTouring sent to him signed by 1135 industry figures, instead having someone called ...
"Ollie" answer on his behalf. How bloody insulting.
You say you stand behind us, we say you've turned your back on us & left us out in the cold.
Our industry has been ravaged by C19, now we face the very real threat of no viable way to tour in one of our biggest markets...
and one that allows us to showcase our talents to the world and its wider markets, without which those talents will diminish and be lost forever.

The time to act is now @DavidGHFrost, before it too late.
In an answer to @Andrew_Adonis, @DavidGHFrost stated "Brexit will be hugely in the interests of everybody in this country"

Doesn't seem that way to the £111bn Creative Sector when you have taken away viable access to one of its biggest and closest markets!

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6 Jul

I’m angry this morning, not sure why, maybe because people keep telling me we are in for a long ride trying to sort out post Brexit Creative Touring, or maybe because the govt want us to do their work for them and put pressure on the EU to sort out the UK’s mess.
I watched @BBCPanorama ‘Brexit 6months on’ last night, which was basically vote leave propaganda about how businesses have given up exporting to the EU and are now sending their goods around the planet and it’s all jolly hockey sticks.
I sat in a dept of transport meeting, where the civil servants, desperately trying to come up with solutions to solve the creative touring trucking crisis (Cabotage).
1 possible solution is to basically move your trucking company to the EU at a cost of millions, then employ…
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27 Jun

In the letter #CarryOnTouring received from Ollie in the cabinet office on Friday, it states:

"The British people voted to take back control of our borders and end free movement with the EU in the 2016 referendum."

But on ballot papers and therefore what the British people voted for in the referendum under the Act was:

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?

Now, am I being pedantic?

How does "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?" Become

"Take back control of our borders and end free movement"?
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6 Jun
#CarryOnTouring @carryontouring_
Real People, Real Lives, Real Jobs
My Story. I have been a freelancer video engineer working in music touring for 30+ years. I have toured all over the planet many times with major artists like Madonna, Rhianna, Lady Gaga, Westlife, & more...
I have also toured with medium sized acts.
As a freelancer, a lot my international work comes from meeting US based production companies, that come to the UK to hire kit & Techs for a EU tour. During say 6 weeks around the EU & UK, they ask us to go elsewhere, Asia, USA..
90% of my work is derived in this manner, & without the vital EU touring, I lose the chance to pick up work further afield. Without the regular EU work it's considerably harder to get Visa for the States.

But it's the same for 1000s of techs working in the music business.
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5 Jun
@NickClancarty @KevinBrennanMP

Idea: In NZ rather than an blanket insurance scheme, the govt set up a capped $50M regional events fund. This allows events to submit an application to regional panels for funding for events that will bring in domestic tourism funding into…

a region. The clever bit is that you can apply to the fund for funding which is only payable if the event is covid cancelled i,e insurance but with all the parts of a contestable fund. Govt likes it because it is capped and brings money to the regions…

They have discovered there that events drove at least 25% of all domestic tourism, the dollar numbers are huge. So festival X brings in Xmillion to Devon etc.

That’s from a Production manager friend in NZ.

Any mileage in that idea here? @CommonsDCMS @DCMS
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