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Critical Visa Information for Artists, Folk Ed. Webinar

Monday, November 27, 2017  
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Folk Alliance Webinar, a primer on the U.S. artist visa process.
Folk Alliance Webinar, a primer on the U.S. artist visa process.

Navigating the Labyrinth: U.S. Visas for Performing Artists

Presenter: Matthew Covey, Esq., Executive Director, Tamizdat

Date: December 5, 2017

Time: 12 PM - 1 PM CST

FREE for FAI members. $30 for non-members.

A primer on the U.S. artist visa process, topics will include:

  • deciding which visa to seek
  • how to decide when a work visa is needed (a detailed explanation)
  • which evidence to provide
  • resources for the process
  • response timeframe guidelines
  • current problems with the processing system
  • state of the current political climate
  • updates on policy advocacy
  • duration of stay requests

Matthew Covey

Covey has worked in music and arts immigration since the 90's. As a member of the critically acclaimed US/Slovak indie-rock band Skulpey, Amsterdam-based booking agent for the Knitting Factory Records’, and the manager of Grammy Award-winning band, the Klezmatics, Covey’s varied career has given him a broad understanding of the entertainment industries. Covey is a founding director of Tamizdat, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes international cultural exchange. He is president of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History and founder of ContraBanned. He holds a J.D. from New York Law, an M.A. focussing on post-colonial literary theory from University College Dublin, a B.A. in English from Oberlin College, and is admitted to the New York Bar.
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