We had a coffe with Matthew Covey, musician, activist and founder  of Tamizdat and we discover a lot of precious infos on the artist mobility in USA that we want to share with you.

Founded in 1998 by an international group of musicians, Tamizdat is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that facilitates international cultural exchange. It is motivated by the conviction that the international mobility of culture is fundamental to healthy and progressive global civil society. Tamizdat seeks through its program activities to assist the international performing arts community in addressing problems presented by U.S. immigration policy and procedure.

White Paper Project: Since 2015, Tamizdat’s staff of lawyers and law students has collected and analyzed data regarding thousands of U.S. visa cases where problems were encountered by the international performing arts community. Based on this research, Tamizdat has produced the most comprehensive platform of regulatory reform aimed at improving the efficiency and accountability of the U.S. government’s handling of artist visas.  Published in an evolving format as a White Paper on Artist Mobility to the United States. Tamizdat makes its findings and recommendations available to government and advocacy organizations. The White Paper has been widely endorsed by numerous domestic and international arts organizations, NGOs, and private stakeholders, including the International Society for Performing Arts,  North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, the Sundance Institute, Western Arts Alliance, Arts Midwest, The Canadian Arts Presenting Association, and the British and Norwegian Musicians Unions. For more information please contact elizabeth@tamizdat.org.