Retain Access to Visas for Artists Impacted by Executive Order.

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order to implement new screening, visa issuance, and admissions procedures for individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, effective March 16, 2017. While those who already possess an approved O or P non- immigrant visa may travel to the United States, new visa approvals are suspended for at least 90 days following implementation of the order, and artist eligibility for case-by-case waivers is unclear.

American arts organizations and artists — in communities large and small across our country — provide an important public service and advance international diplomacy by presenting foreign guest artists from across the globe in performances, educational events, and cultural programs that are highly valued by U.S. audiences. International cultural exchange uniquely supports a diversity of viewpoints and contributes to international peace and mutual understanding.

The application of the new travel restrictions to nonimmigrant artists can cost American artists that perform alongside international artists important employment opportunities, inflict economic harm on our nation’s arts sector, and have a long-lasting effect on the ability of U.S. artists to tour, perform, and create art abroad.

Congress has repeatedly expressed bipartisan support for improving the U.S. artist visa process. The United States should be easing the visa burden for international artists. As the Department of Homeland Security takes next steps in its review of national security measures, we urge policy leaders to retain access to artist visas and support opportunities for world-wide cultural exchange.

Alliance of Artists Communities

American Association of Independent Music

American Composers Forum

American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada

Association of Performing Arts Professionals

Chamber Music America

Content Creators Coalition

Dance/USA

Fractured Atlas

Future of Music Coalition

League of American Orchestras

Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education

National Council for the Traditional Arts National Performance Network

Network of Ensemble Theaters

North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents

OPERA America

PEN America

The Performing Arts Alliance The Recording Academy Tamizdat

Theatre Communications Group

Artist-run, non-profit advocating for musicians, performers, & songwriters in the digital landscape. (Formerly the Content Creators Coalition or “c3”)

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