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US Visas For Performing Musicians

EDM number 609 in 2015-16, proposed by Patrick Grady on 27/10/2015.
Categorised under the topics of Immigration, Nationality and Performing arts.

That this House recognises the difficulties for UK musicians obtaining work visas to enter the US to perform; notes that the American performer visa application process requires face-to-face meetings in either Belfast or London which may require expensive overnight stays for musicians and bands that live outside these cities; acknowledges that musicians, composers, songwriters and lyricists contribute £1.7 billion to the UK economy, yet more than half of musicians earn under £20,000 a year; believes that delays to the US visa application process can lead to flights, shows and, in some cases, full tours being cancelled; further believes that the UK music industry's export potential is strengthened by the ability of UK performers to tour key markets such as the US; and hopes that the US embassy will be willing to engage directly with musicians and their representatives in the UK to devise a workable system for UK musicians to perform in the US.

This motion has been signed by a total of 41 MPs.

MPDateConstituencyPartyType
Patrick Grady27/10/2015Glasgow NorthScottish National PartyProposed
Pete Wishart27/10/2015Perth and North PerthshireScottish National PartySeconded
Nigel Adams27/10/2015Selby and AinstyConservativeSeconded
Tasmina Sheikh27/10/2015Ochil and South PerthshireScottish National PartySeconded
John Nicolson27/10/2015East DunbartonshireScottish National PartySeconded
Stuart McDonald27/10/2015Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch EastScottish National PartySeconded
Stephen Gethins27/10/2015North East FifeScottish National PartySigned
Peter Grant27/10/2015GlenrothesScottish National PartySigned
Corri Wilson28/10/2015Ayr, Carrick and CumnockScottish National PartySigned
Hannah Bardell28/10/2015LivingstonScottish National PartySigned
Kelvin Hopkins28/10/2015Luton NorthLabourSigned
Martyn Day28/10/2015Linlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National PartySigned
Alison Thewliss28/10/2015Glasgow CentralScottish National PartySigned
Gavin Robinson28/10/2015Belfast EastDUPSigned
Chris Stephens28/10/2015Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySigned
Kirsten Oswald28/10/2015East RenfrewshireScottish National PartySigned
Alan Meale28/10/2015MansfieldLabourSigned
Calum Kerr28/10/2015Berwickshire, Roxburgh and SelkirkScottish National PartySigned
Peter Bottomley29/10/2015Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Caroline Lucas29/10/2015Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Liz Saville Roberts29/10/2015Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSigned
Paul Monaghan29/10/2015Caithness, Sutherland and Easter RossScottish National PartySigned
Michael Weir29/10/2015AngusScottish National PartySigned
Valerie Vaz02/11/2015Walsall SouthLabourSigned
Lisa Cameron03/11/2015East Kilbride, Strathaven and LesmahagowScottish National PartySigned
Chris Law03/11/2015Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned
Angela Crawley03/11/2015Lanark and Hamilton EastScottish National PartySigned
Thangam Debbonaire03/11/2015Bristol WestLabourSigned
Hywel Williams04/11/2015ArfonPlaid CymruSigned
David Anderson04/11/2015BlaydonLabourSigned
Philippa Whitford04/11/2015Central AyrshireScottish National PartySigned
Deidre Brock05/11/2015Edinburgh North and LeithScottish National PartySigned
Mary Glindon05/11/2015North TynesideLabourSigned
David Warburton05/11/2015Somerton and FromeConservativeSigned
Yasmin Qureshi09/11/2015Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Neil Gray10/11/2015Airdrie and ShottsScottish National PartySigned
Owen Thompson16/11/2015MidlothianScottish National PartySigned
John Pugh17/11/2015SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Rupa Huq23/11/2015Ealing Central and ActonLabourSigned
Alan Brown25/11/2015Kilmarnock and LoudounScottish National PartySigned
David Crausby28/01/2016Bolton North EastLabourSigned

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