Visas are Vital!
Austin Convention Center, Room 13AB (500 E Cesar Chavez St)
Speaker: Katie Ray, Tony Moore, Matthew Covey, John Witherspoon
About: With many tours canceled/postponed in 2010 due to immigration issues, we need to address what's going wrong and why. Immigration issues must be dealt with early in tour planning, but only by examining what the issues are and how they have changed, can the savvy manager, booking agent, promoter, record company or independent artist avoid the pitfalls. The combination of technological advances and prevention of terrorism initiatives make this area of touring more complex than ever. This panel will illuminate the situation for those who have had problems, and to those considering embarking on international touring, by examining time scales, costs and potential problems, along with the long term implications of incorrect advice.