EU Referendum Press Release

24 June 2016

Association of British Orchestras warns of challenges ahead for orchestras following EU Leave vote

Following the Referendum decision to leave the EU, the ABO is deeply concerned at the potential impact on its members.

The prospects for the nation’s public finances are worrying, and may affect the implementation of Orchestra Tax Relief, which has not as yet received Royal Assent, and lead to further reductions in public funding for the arts and local authorities.

We will need the new leadership of this country to give us guarantees as to continued freedom of movement across Europe’s borders for our orchestras, artists and orchestral musicians, and whether the many pan-European regulations that currently affect our sector, from VAT Cultural Exemption to harmonisation of radio spectrum, Noise at Work to the Digital Single Market, will still apply.

The worst outcome for our members will be additional uncertainty, bureaucracy and expense, allied to a worsening of their financial viability. The ABO’s next step is to build on our existing good relations with the government and engage positively with whichever Ministers take responsibility from here on, to ensure the best possible outcome for our members.

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For further information, please contact Mark Pemberton, Director on mark@abo.org.uk or telephone 020 7557 6770 / 07818 018706

 

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