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Career - US for singers & songwriters

I am looking at career options in the US for singers & songwriters. I am an artist in Europe. A big music company based on USA is my digital distributor. I must to go to LA,CA for recording my new album and after maybe , I start to work in live concerts near California or around USA. What i do about visa?

Career - US for singers & songwriters

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British band performing at charity event

Hi, I am in a professional band (from the UK) who have been invited to perform at a festival in NYC in which all the proceeds go to charity. I just wanted to clarify which visa we would require? It's all very confusing to me!

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British band performing at charity event

I am assuming you are not getting paid, other than for expenses. Although, you folks could step in on ESTA Visa Waiver, Craig, it may be better to ask the consulate for B-1 visas. The reason: it makes it clearer for the govt. agents at the US airport (CBP) that your visit is for an unpaid performance. On visa waiver, CBP could refuse entry suspecting that you are engaging in a US paid performance.

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Canadian Duo asked to play a one time Corporate Event in US

Hi there,
I am a member of a duo group and we've been asked by the canadian organizer of an american company to play a corporate event in California in early December. We don't have huge acclaim, however we do it for a living.
What is our best plan of action in terms of visas to be able to accept this booking?
Thanks!
Lauren

Canadian Duo asked to play a one time Corporate Event in US

Lauren, I think if the contract is signed in Canada and most of the compensation is paid in Canada, you can come in as a visitor. That seems to be the only easy option.

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Career options in the US for singers

Hi. I just started looking at career options in the US for singers. I noticed that, most of the time, they require you to have the paperwork (visa) sorted on your own. I am a bit puzzled: if I come, do the audition, and they take me, wouldn't they that then make me eligible for a working visa?

Career options in the US for singers

Gabriele, there are several variations to the visa theme. Look at O and P visas first. If the job should require a degree in music, look at H-1 B visas as well.

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Self-petition O1 - Visa for baroque / musical theater singer?

Hi! I'm an italo-argentinian Baroque singer living in France and with degrees and lots of high-profile experience as a soloist in Baroque concerts, festivals and operas in France and Europe. I've been working on american music theater for a while but I don't have as much experience or critical acclaim in this domain as I do in Baroque. I'm coming to NYC in Dec to do a Cabaret project with an American singer, but with no contract as it will be self-produced. Can I self-petition for an O1 visa on my baroque background? Or could I come on my visa waiver if I don't get paid for singing this time?

Self-petition O1 - Visa for baroque / musical theater singer?

Lisandro, self petitioning is not an option, as far as I know. You have to go through an employer, or in some cases through an agent. But if you are not getting paid, visa waiver should work.

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Or to put it another way: what if during my next trip to the US a border immigration agent googles my name and finds out I've performed -even if it was for free- at a concert in NY. Wouldn't he be entitled to send me back home? I would just like to know if I would be breaking a law or not by singing for free in the US on a visa waiver... (And thanks a lot for your precious help!)

Thanks for your answer

Thanks for your answer. But I must say I'm puzzled. This is what musicalamerica says on the matter: "many people believe—incorrectly—that if an artist is not paid in the US or if he or she is paid through an agent or a corporation, then no visa is required. Nothing can be further from the truth. A proper work visa (usually either an O or P visa) is required anytime a foreign artist “performs” in the United States—regardless of how they are paid or how much they are paid or where they are paid or who receives payment or even if they perform for free..." Are they wrong?

Thanks for your answer

Do this. Send an email to the US Consulate describing your intention. Tell me what they say.

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Canadian Electronic Musician

Hi, I am a Canadian hobbyist electronic musician (that is to say, I don't make any money from it and it's not my day job). If I was to visit the US and perform at an open mic/showcase type event where the performance would not be scheduled, nor would I be paid to perform, would this require a P2 (or similar) visa?

Canadian Electronic Musician

No Jeff. No special visa needed for an unpaid performance. Just drive in.

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Million Dollar Quartet

Hi,

My name is Pete and I'm a musician/actor from the UK. I auditioned for the part of Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet and was asked to fly to Chicago to meet the company. They assumed I already had a green card or visa. Unfortunately this is something I assume they would take care of. Therefore I couldn't take the part. How can I obtain a visa for a performer? Hopefully I can audition again but with the correct legal paperwork to perform in the US.

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Million Dollar Quartet

The type of visa would depend upon your CV, Peter. Send it to me through: http://www.immigration.com/contact<

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Touring with a US citizen

I am the key supporting musician for a US citizen who is a singer-songwriter here in Australia. On a recent trip to the States, the man I play for loosely organised all the contacts he needs for a 3 month US tour this time next year. We have some local acclaim and one album. Will the fact that the lead musician is a US citizen help my chances of getting a visa and how should I best go about this?

Touring with a US citizen

Michelle, send me your entire CV through: http://www.immigration.com/contact<

Let me see what can work. There is no charge for this of course.

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Attending Comic Book Convention in Texas

Hi, I am a UK citizen and I am traveling to Texas in October to meet some friends and attend my first comic book convention. I was wondering what kind of Visa i would need to if i were to upgrade my convention ticket and attend the show in a selling capacity (selling original art work and prints at an Artist Alley table) instead of just as a tourist like i originally planned? thank you

Attending Comic Book Convention in Texas

I do not know of any visa that would allow that. But I THINK taking order and fulfilling them from UK should be permissible even on visa waiver. I feel that would come under "negotiate a contract" category. See this: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html<

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