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Touring Beyond The Borders

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Take a look at every aspect of international touring, from bringing international artists into the US to touring domestic artists internationally. What are the obstacles and problems with visas, immigration and tax laws? Where is it dangerous? What is possible? Most importantly, what is lucrative?



MODERATOR Christian Bernhardt Agent The Agency Group

Matthew Covey Exec Dir Tamizdat

Boche Billions Pres CEO The Billions Corporation

Ron Zeelens Pres RAZco Visas

During the past thirty years, I have been an agent (ICM), manager (the Canadian band Powder Blues and the Jamaican group The Wailers Band) and an immigration specialist. I have worked with most booking agencies, as well as major record companies and independent labels to allow their foreign artists to temporarily work in the United States.

RAZ has handled petitions for: AC/DC, Airbourne, Bill Bailey, Beijing Circus, Sarah Brightman, Michael Bublé, Enrique Bunbury, “Burn The Floor”, John Butler Trio, Kasey Chambers, Cirque Eos, Johnny Clegg, Billy Connolly, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Corrs, The Cranberries, Jamie Cullum, Candy Dulfer, Echo and The Bunnymen, “Dame Edna”, End of Fashion, Enter Shikari, Enya, Ensiferum, Estelle, “Franklin The Turtle”, The Fratellis, Jo “Supernanny” Frost, Ricky Gervais, Gipsy Kings, Glasvegas, Glay, Hard-Fi, Missy Higgins, Him, The Hives, Il Divo, Jean-Luc Ponty, Joe Jackson Band, Paul Kelly, John McLaughlin, Juan Gabriel, Kraftwerk, Massive Attack, Luis Miguel, Moody Blues, Anne Murray, Muse, Kate Nash, Nickelback, K’naan, Paolo Nutini, Dolores O’Riordan, Pet Shop Boys, Pete Townshend, Petula Clark, Puffy Amiyumi, The Rasmus, “Rhythm Of The Dance”, Robyn, Sepultura, Scouting For Girls, Silverchair, Simple Plan, Simply Red, Dave Stewart, Tarja, The Ting Tings, Shania Twain, Carlos Vives, Charlie Watts, Paul Weller, White Lies, Wolfmother, The Yardbirds and The Zombies to name just a few.

In addition, RAZ has also been successful in securing the appropriate visa for foreign crew working in the U.S. with American artists, i.e. Diana Ross, Art Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Katy Perry, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Stokes, System Of A Down, “Saturday Night Live,” Counting Crows, Eminen, Motley Crue, Sheryl Crow, Jason Mraz, Billy Joel, David Copperfield, Grandaddy, 311, NOFX, Unwritten Law, No Doubt, Foo Fighters, Michael Bolton, Audioslave, Steely Dan, Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Josh Groban, The Raconteurs and The White Stripes.

Andy Somers Sr VP The Agency Group

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