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AIM CEO pushes for post-Brexit ‘touring passport’ for artists


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Paul Pacifico, CEO of UK indies body AIM, used his speech at the organisation’s AIM Connected event in London this week to talk about post-Brexit challenges for musicians.

“We are working alongside our colleagues at the Musicians Union and other partners at UK Music to promote the idea of a ‘touring passport’ to try to avoid a slide back to the bad old days of carnets and other bureaucratic hurdles that will make career development for emerging artists especially, all the more difficult, expensive and fraught with risk,” he said.

“We are scrutinising aspects of cross-border data sharing, transshipment of goods and all of the other areas of our businesses that could be disrupted if not considered properly, whatever the outcome of the various trade negotiations now underway.” Also tied to Brexit is the UK government’s decision to not implement the imminent EU Copyright Directive.

“Whilst the government has stated clearly that it will not implement the Directive, we will not let up in our campaign to ensure the ‘value gap’ does not persist and that we are able to better balance the relationships and value-flows with some of the platforms, who remain crucial partners to our businesses, even though clearly some still need to reflect a better and more even balance of value in the protection of rights and flow of royalties,” he said.

Eamonn Forde

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