Having 20 nationalities in the UN orchestra is quite logical, although you could see a similar position elsewhere.
From pop concerts, to historic symphonies, performers can be drawn from many countries. Music is an art form which looks at talent before nationality.
The UK music industry is at the forefront of internationalism and experiencing unprecedented growth. One in eight albums bought across the globe is by a British artist and overall, music contributes £4.5bn a year to the UK economy.
ATA carnets often play a part in international performances. They are a natural partner for a sector which tends to travel on a temporary basis, although carnets are not currently required in the EU, a key area for our musicians.
Changes In Europe
With Brexit still up in the air, outcomes for musicians are often discussed. A visa free system is an option but could leave issues with non carried baggage and deductions for taxes, or social security by other EU countries.
Concerns are already seeing talent poached from the UK, for permanent residence in Europe. Not so different in the other direction, with UK orchestras and music schools reporting a lower level of EU participants.
Remaining open in both directions is part of the driving force behind success. We hope the UK government and the EU come up with a freedom based solution, although one option is already there if needed.
ATA Carnets For Musicians
We understand that not every musician earns vast sums overseas. For a band starting out, or a classical musician taking up an orchestra seat, the reality can be far from this.
Many performers also need to visit a number of times, for regular work, short notice calls, or rehearsals, perhaps to travel from one EU country to another. They don’t want to be constantly dealing with tariffs, paperwork, or additional costs.
This is where ATA carnets are able to be so useful to musicians. They can be used any number of times over a year, splitting the cost, once in place, there is no further admin and no borders within the EU.
Regardless of extra business, Dynamic Dox would prefer to see an EU wide mechanism which allows the openness our creative musicians deserve. A great way to keep Britain at the heart of international success.
If that doesn’t happen, our support staff are here to advise and keep costs down. We have helped a number of musicians use ATA carnets to travel the world and appreciate their need to focus on the pleasure they bring to us all.