The new deal will also make it hard for European artists to travel to the United Kingdom.
Brexit travel rules, which came into force on 1 January, do not guarantee visa-free travel for tours involving any of the EU's 27 member states. Additionally, musicians must provide proof of savings and a certificate of sponsorship from the event organisers. An unnamed source was quoted as having said, "It is usually in our agreements with third countries, that [work] visas are not required for musicians". However, the government has responded to this by stating they "pushed for a more ambitious agreement which would have covered musicians and others, but our proposals were rejected by the EU". It is untrue to say they asked for something more ambitious.
Industry bodies, including trade group UK Music, have warned that performers who have to secure individual visas for each country they visit may face extra costs.
The Music Managers Forum (MMF) said the Government's reported rejection of a Brexit agreement with the European Union that would have enabled artists to undertake visa-free tours of the continent is "utter insanity".
A spokesperson said: "These new restrictions are a blow to the music industry, which has already suffered so much during the pandemic, and will disadvantage young aspiring musicians the most and may make touring financially impossible for some".
They said: "The UK pushed for a more ambitious agreement with the European Union on the temporary movement of business travellers, which would have covered musicians and others, but our proposals were rejected by the European Union".
MMF CEO Annabella Coldrick said, "Last February, the Home Secretary stood up in the House of Commons and claimed that the situation for British musicians touring Europe would be completely unchanged, and that touring routes would operate as they do now. Music is a huge export for the United Kingdom and touring and performing is now one of the main ways artists make money - so why would the Tories deliberately make it harder for musicians to make the most of opportunities in Europe?"