Tell your Senator: Support the ARTS Act!
Right now, international musicians seeking to perform in the US are faced with unpredictable delays in visa processing. Wait times which are supposed to be limited to 14 days may reach 30 to 100 days.
This hurts arts organizations, who are forced to pay for unaffordable expedited processing, or risk cancelling scheduled performers. It also hurts US performers booked to perform alongside international guests, as cancellations lead to lost work.
And it prevents US music lovers from enjoying the benefits of international cultural exchange.
The Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) Act, introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) responds to this problem by requiring the Department of Homeland Security to provide expedited review of applications for O- or P- visa applications, and to do so without charging nonprofit organizations.
The ARTS Act is supported by a broad coalition of organizations representing musicians and the performing arts sector, including American Federation of Musicians, Performing Arts Alliance, the League of American Orchestras, the Recording Academy, and many more.