The following notice went out today to all UK members:
Musicians are better off in a Britain that is part of the European Union (EU). That’s why we’re calling on all Musician Union members to vote to remain in the EU.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve had debates, flotillas and angry jibes traded over what makes Britain stronger and safer. For us, as the Musicians’ Union, it’s about what protects you as musicians and the life you work hard to make.
Thanks to the EU:
– European Copyright Directives protect your intellectual property rights, and your income
– Open borders make touring easier and cheaper
– Health and safety legislation keeps you safe wherever you work
– The Working Time Directive means part-time instrumental teachers can get holiday pay and sick pay.
The European Union also allows us to work on transnational issues that affect you.
Together, we’re fighting for legislation to make it easier for you to travel with instruments on planes. We’re working with other musicians’ unions across Europe to get legislation implemented at the European level that would force airlines to act.
We do not believe the EU is perfect.
We still lobby hard to make copyrights stronger, touring easier, and health and safety work better for you. But without the EU we have to question whether these rights would be protected at all and, if so, how strong those rights and protections would be.
That’s why we’re calling on all musicians to vote for Britain to remain in the European Union.