The current touring crisis facing the music sector has to end. Facilitating live shows and touring is our best shot at recovery across the multiple geographical groupings that make up the greater European region.
Reducing the costs and administrative burden of current work permit schemes and custom arrangements for cultural touring is key, particularly for grass roots, emerging, and niche artists.
IMPALA and IAO propose an approach that involves creating a new cultural area with a single touring permit, instead of treating Europe as a number of distinct blocs and countries. The music market is geographic and covers all countries and economic/political groupings in the region including EU, EFTA, interested EU neighbouring countries like the Western Balkans, as well as individual countries such as the UK.
Known as the GECAT Pass (for Geographical European Cultural Area Touring), the idea is to get small and medium sized music tours back on the road quickly and efficiently. See more below, one-pager available here.
The GECAT Pass involves 4 core elements:
1. Single travel permit for cultural touring for performers and support teams
2. Single customs licence for equipment (“carnet”)
3. Allow multiple stops before going home
4. Home country VAT on merchandise sold at events
The key benefits of a GECAT Pass would be:
Promote cultural exchange across multiple geographical blocs and countries
IMPALA – Independent Music Companies Association
Coudenberg 70, 1000, Brussels, BELGIUM
+32 2 503 31 38