The U.S. artist visa system is notoriously complex, expensive, and vexing, and the new administration has only made matters worse. Tamizdat is delighted to be delivering this workshop in partnership with Equity Foundation to help Australian actors better understand the process of obtaining a U.S. work visa, and offer advice on a host of questions, such as:
-When do I need a work visa to enter the US?
-Do I need a visa if I'm not being paid?
-What kind of visa applies to my situation?
-What steps do I need to take to get the work visa?
...and much more.
This is a free event for MEAA Equity members. One ticket per person only.
Bio of host:
Brian J Zabinski is a senior case manager at CoveyLaw, and has worked with Tamizdat, where he is a volunteer artist mobility specialist, since 2012. Brian has been helping artists navigate the US immigration system for more than five years. He graduated from Monmouth University in 2010 with a BA in Music Business and has been working in the music industry since 2007, with stints at Capitol, EMI, Sire, Warner, and Ba Da Bing Records. As an avid music fan, he hosted weekly shows and performances on WMCX radio, was a representative of the Count Basie Theatre’s box office and marketing team, and has a wide range of experience in the industry, with a focus on artist and project management.
Tamizdat, a Brooklyn-based non-profit, is a leader in artist mobility research and advocacy in matters of US artist visas. We have given workshops, panel discussions, and presentations on US artist visas at: SXSW (Austin), CMJ (New York), WOMEX (Copenhagen, Thessaloniki, Santiago De Compostela, Cardiff, Budapest), Folk Alliance (Kansas City), APAP (New York), The Great Escape (Brighton), M4Music (Zürich), YouBloom (Dublin), HWCH (Dublin), IndieWeek (New York), Western Arts Alliance (Los Angeles), Mundial (Montreal), NXNE (Toronto), Edinburgh Fringe (Edinburgh), Output (Belfast), Winter Jazz (New York), FimPro (Guadalajara), Eurosonic (Groningen), Palestine Music Expo (Ramallah), ADE (Amsterdam), Halifax Pop Explosion (Halifax), Reeperbahn (Hamburg), and Arts Northwest (Tacoma). TamizdatAVAIL is a 24-hour legal assistance hotline available to international performing artists encountering issues with the US artist visa system. Our Artist Mobility Forum is an online community of arts professionals committed to sharing information and best practices regarding international artist mobility. Our Educational Outreach presents sessions, panels, and symposia on artist mobility issues at performing arts industry events worldwide. Our White Paper on Artist Mobility to the United States is a comprehensive analysis of systemic problems in the U.S. artist visa system, and a platform of recommendations for regulatory reform that addresses those issues. Tamizdat is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Our sincere thanks to Tamizdat for their support of this In Conversation.