• Ukraine: Belarusian singer denied entry due to Crimea concert

    Belarusian singer Max Korzh was denied entry into Ukraine on 17 February 2016 where he was due to go on his five-city tour in the country in early March, reported BBC Ukraine on 26 February 2016. While organisers said the tour would be postponed until later in the year, press secretary for Ukraine’s security service […]
  • Poland: Ukrainian band stopped at border due to local threats

    Polish authorities did not let Ukrainian band Ot Vinta cross the border into Poland as local hard-core football fans known as Ultras threatened to stage mass riots and burn down the stage the band was set to perform on if they were let into the country. The band was scheduled to play in a festival […]
  • China: American singer banned due to Dalai Lama meeting

    American pop star Lady Gaga is the latest addition to the ever-growing list of artists banned by China for their meetings with the Dalai Lama or stances on Tibet, reported The Guardian on 28 June 2016. The singer met with the Dalai Lama on 26 June 2016 at the US Conference of Mayors for approximately […]
  • Niger: Cameroonian singer denied entry visa to hold concert

    Nigerian authorities denied Cameroonian singer Franko an entry visa to Niger on moral grounds that his current hit, ‘Coller la petite’, “violates the customs of the country”, reported music industry news portal Music in Africa on 15 February 2016. The singer was scheduled to hold a concert in Niamey on 13 February 2016. Franko’s viral […]
  • Breaking news: United Kingdom grants visa for Ramy Essam after all

    The UK Immigration service has changed their original decision to refuse Egyptian singer Ramy Essam entry visa to the UK. On Monday, Freemuse disputed the refusal, and Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East, and her office took contact to the home office requesting the decision. During Tuesday morning additional information and documents were provided, […]
  • United Kingdom: American rapper banned because of lyrics

    The 24-year-old American rapper Tyler, the Creator says he has been banned from the United Kingdom because of the nature of his lyrics. The Odd Future co-founder recently cancelled four dates in the UK and Ireland and tweeted that it was because the UK authorities were unhappy with his subject matter: BASED ON LYRICS FROM […]
  • United Kingdom: Freemuse Award winner Ramy Essam refused visa

     UPDATE ON 2 SEPTEMBER 2015: United Kingdom grants visa for Ramy Essam after all   The Egyptian singer and Freemuse Award winner Ramy Essam has been refused a visit visa to the United Kingdom. He was supposed to take part in the Festival 800 in Lincoln on Saturday 5 September 2015 as part of the full […]
  • China: US pop group banned because of a tweet

    The US pop group Maroon 5 have felt the wrath of China’s stringent government policies, getting banned from entering the country allegedly after posting a tweet showing support for the Dalai Lama. The group’s Beijing and Shanghai concerts scheduled for September 2015 as a part of their larger Asian tour were cancelled with no official […]
  • Iran/Lebanon: Artists affected by conflicts

    When conflicts unfold between and within countries, artists’ rights to artistic freedom of expression are often violated. Recently, artists have been affected by the ongoing conflicts between Israel and Lebanon as well as between Israel and Iran. Singer banned in Iran after performance in Israel The Iranian-born British Muslim singer Sami Yusuf, whose records have […]
  • DR Congo: Ivorian reggae singer denied entry in airport

    Côte Ivorian reggae singer Tiken Jah Fakoly and his band were denied entry in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they were due to perform at the Jazz Kif Festival on Sunday 21 June 2015. According to Reuters, a spokesman of the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo announced on 20 June 2015 that […]
  • Latvia: Russian music festival cannot play due to visa woes

    A Russian music festival that has taken place annually in Latvia since 2002 will have to be moved to Russia because a number of Russian performers have been blacklisted and cannot get visas to Latvia due to disputes over the conflict in Ukraine, reported Europe Online Magazine on 27 February 2015. Organiser Igor Krutoi reportedly […]
  • Iran: Prominent musician banned from traveling abroad

    The Iranian musician and composer Majid Derakhshani says authorities are preventing him from traveling abroad. Majid Derakhshani told the Iranian daily Etemad on 5 January 2015 that security officials confiscated his passport at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport over the weekend while he was on his way to Dubai. Derakhshani quoted the officials as saying he […]
  • USA: ‘Fortress America’ denies access to musicians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## USA:‘Fortress America’ denies access to musicians Cellist Yo-Yo Ma leads an impassioned campaign to ease the visa crisis for musicians visiting the ‘Land of the Free’, writes MondomixBy Daniel Brown Last month the world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma testified at the US House of Representatives at a hearing on visa challenges in the performing […]
  • United Kingdom: Public letter calls for a new visa system for leading performers

    CAMPAIGN ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Public letter calls for a new visa system for leading performers A campaign to remove short-term visiting artists from unnecessary visa bureaucracy nears a policy breakthrough, according to its campaigners – Manifesto Club, English PEN and the Earl of Clancarty. The proposal was outlined in a letter which was published in the […]
  • US visa issues: Two orchestras forced to cancel their concerts

    CAMPAIGN ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom / USA: Visa issues: Two orchestras forced to cancel their concerts An American festival had to cancel two shows and two workshops by international artists due to visa problems and alleged embassy discrimination. Alleged embassy discrimination forced Somali born singer Aar Maanta and his band to cancel a concert performance, as […]
  • Artist Visa Applications: Arguments for Success – a Quick Guide

    CAMPAIGN ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse Quick Guide ©Artist Visa Applications: Arguments for Success When you deal with visa issuing offices and embassies it may sometimes be useful to refer to various points set out in international conventions and recommendations. Here are a few references that you can mention when you argue for smooth visa handling. By Ole […]
  • United Kingdom: Visa system forces Russian ballet company to cancel shows

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom: Visa system forces Welsh-based Russian ballet company to cancel shows The Russian ballet company Ballet Russe based in Wales has been forced to cancel its 2009 programme and is facing an uncertain future, after failing to obtain visas for its dancers under a controversial new points-based system, wrote The Stage. The […]
  • United Kingdom: New visa rules threaten dozens of concerts and festivals

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom: New visa rules threaten dozens of concerts and festivals A new report from Manifesto Club reveals that more than 20 major arts events have been cancelled or badly affected by new visa regulations which were introduced in the United Kingdom in November 2008. The new regulations, with a points-based system, […]
  • Visa report highlighted but serious problems remain

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse: Visa report highlighted but serious problems remain While visa issues continue to create controversy between European concert organisers and European Immigration and Visa Authorities, the Freemuse white paper ‘Visa / the discordant note’ plays an essential role in various international fora. At a meeting in Germany on 19-20 May 2009, the […]
  • Protest petition: African artist’s tour cancelled due to blocked visas

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 17 June 2009 Zimbabwe / EU: Petition against ‘visa discrimination’ after Zimbabwean group was forced to cancel their tour A petition was started ‘against EU visa discrimination of musicians’ after a forced cancellation of the European tour of young Zimbabwean artists Mokoomba due to blocked visas. On 8 June 2009 the two organisations […]
  • White paper launched at Womex: ‘Visa issues – the discordant note’

    CAMPAIGN ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse:White paper launched at world music trade fair: ‘Visas – the discordant note’ “European countries need to actively make visa and work permit procedures and access to the European market more flexible, transparent and homogenous for artists,” said Freemuse programme manager Ole Reitov today as he launched a white paper on visa issues […]
  • Freemuse campaign: Visa issues damage the music industry

    CAMPAIGN 21 January 2009.   Updated: ##PagePublishedLong## Visa issues:Transparency and correct information is the key If the European countries are serious about honouring their ratification of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity they need to make visa and work permit procedures and the general access to the European market for artists more flexible, transparent and […]
  • US visa issues: Two orchestras forced to cancel their concerts

    CAMPAIGN ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom / USA: Visa issues: Two orchestras forced to cancel their concerts An American festival had to cancel two shows and two workshops by international artists due to visa problems and alleged embassy discrimination. Alleged embassy discrimination forced Somali born singer Aar Maanta and his band to cancel a concert performance, as […]
  • UK: Public letter calls for a new visa system for leading performers

    CAMPAIGN ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:Public letter calls for a new visa system for leading performers A campaign to remove short-term visiting artists from unnecessary visa bureaucracy nears a policy breakthrough, according to its campaigners – Manifesto Club, English PEN and the Earl of Clancarty. The proposal was outlined in a letter which was published in the […]
  • Freemuse campaign: Visa issues kill music

    CAMPAIGN ##PagePublishedLong## Visa issues kill music Concert organisers, artists and cultural organisations are faced with increasing challenges when bringing international artists into Europe. Complex visa processing, cynicism at consulates and slow Schengen procedures generate huge financial loses and great frustrations for the arts sector – and damage cultural exchange. In collaboration with several international organisations […]
  • Israel/Palestine: Orchestra prevented from entering Gaza

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Israel / Palestine:Orchestra prevented from entering Gaza An international classical orchestra was refused to perform in Gaza after its sole Palestinian member was prevented from entering the Gaza Strip and the orchestra refused to perform without him, writes Association Al Kamandjâti The Palestinian member of the orchestra, violinist Ramzi Aburedwan, was prevented from […]
  • Canada: American rappers barred from Canada

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Canada: American rappers barred from Canada “Canada attempts to place US rappers in the same category as terrorists – literally,” says American rapper Jerome Almon, CEO of Murdercap Records. “If Canada is not stopped, every musician seeking to enter a country other than their own will face this problem,” he warns. By Freemuse […]
  • United Kingdom: “Cultural censorship” threatens artistic endeavours

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## United Kingdom:“Cultural censorship” threatens artistic endeavours Stringent immigration regulations and a seemingly insurmountable bureaucracy have led to several foreign artists being denied entry into the UK and are making it increasingly difficult to organise musical events featuring foreign artists Zimbabwean musician Thomas Mapfumo was forced to cancel his concert at the Womad Festival […]
  • Egypt: Tunisian singer Najla refused entry

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Egypt: Tunisian singer Najla refused entry  Najla worked as a belly dancer and singer in Egypt. She had taken a short vacation from Egypt and visited her homeland Tunisia, but was shocked upon her return that Cairo Airport Security would not let her enter the country The news of Najla’s banning from Egypt […]
  • Zimbabwean gospel diva Fungisai Zvakavapano denied UK visa

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Zimbabwean gospel diva Fungisai Zvakavapano denied UK visaThe singer was last week denied entry into the United Kingdom where she was billed to perform at three concerts.Zvakavapano was refused admission to the country by British Embassy officials despite getting a work permit from the Home Office in Britain. London-based Zimbabwe news website, newzimbabwe.com, quoted […]
  • Threatening borders

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Threatening bordersWestern powers and authorities regard artists who accept invitations to play in their countries with suspicion. And the fortresses they are building around their riches are dissuading more and more musicians from risking discomfort and humiliation at the borders. Article from Mondomix Related reading
  • New US study on cultural exchanges since September 11

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## New U.S. study on cultural exchanges since September 11A new study by Center for Arts and Culture, “Cultural Diplomacy: Recommendations and Research,” concludes that U.S. cultural diplomacy has become a neglected facet of foreign and domestic policy.In an era when American culture often drives resentment and fear in foreign lands, the study cautions […]
  • Thomas Mapfumo denied visa

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Thomas Mapfumo denied visaThe US based singer was denied entry into Canada on his last tour. By Al Green (aNOnym reCOrds), November 2003 “Here is the exclusive story from me, Captain Anonymous… We set sail from Eugene on Monday, Nov. 10. Our US Visas for the coming year had been called into question […]
  • Post September 11- Freemuse conference

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  • Songs of Cuba, silenced in America

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Songs of Cuba, silenced in America” We may think we are isolating Cuba with our embargo and our travel restrictions, but it is we Americans who are becoming isolated.” US singer-songwriter Jackson Browne on the US – Cuba visa conflict.From New York Times;http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/22/opinion/22BROW.html Read more:
  • Chinese punk band denied visas

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Chinese punk band denied visasChina’s only all girl punk band Hang On the Box have been forced to pull out of a UK tour after the Chinese government deemed their music as “inappropriate” and denied the band visas to travel.Story from NME Related reading Listen to interview
  • Sweden: Minister of Migration welcomes visa white paper

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 21 January 2009 Sweden: Minister of Migration welcomes visa white paper “I believe the ‘white paper’ points its fingers at very essential problems such as lack of transparency and information,” said Tobias Billström, the Swedish Minister of Migration, in a live radio programme at the national Swedish Radio, SR, on 16 January 2009. […]

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