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A2IM Joins Music Community Against Trump Executive Order

Support International Cultural Activity 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.

Signed:Alliance of Artists Communities

American Association of Independent Music

American Composers Forum

Association of Performing Arts Professionals

Chamber Music America


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


Theatre Communications Group

About A2IM:
A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City that exists to support and strengthen the independent recorded music sector. Membership currently includes a broad coalition of more than 700 Independently-owned American music labels. A2IM represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so, it supports a key segment of America’s creative class that represents America’s diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard Magazine identified the Independent music label sector as 37.32 percent of the music industry’s U.S. recorded music sales market in 2016 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector.

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