Everyone has experienced post 9/11 issues of crossing into the US from Canada. Remember when all we needed to do was flash a driver’s license? And if you’re planning on doing work in America–say, as a touring musical artist–the red tape can be awful. If your paperwork isn’t exactly in order and the customs officer at the border is feeling particularly vigilant, your tour can be canceled in a nanosecond.
And it’s not just small inexperienced indie bands that run into trouble. Talk to bands like the Trews and the Sheepdogs.
The Canadian Independent Music Association realizes that red tape is an issue. They’ve issued this report on the matter.
Red Tape at the Border Creates Barriers for Canadian Music
(Monday, April 18, 2016 – Toronto): The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has released a report that illustrates the opportunities and challenges that exist for Canadian musicians seeking to play shows and do business in the United States. The report calls for fairness and reciprocity when it comes to US immigration and tax policies as they relate to Canadian artists.
Over the Border and into the Clubs: Canada’s Music Industry and the US Market quantifies the risks, costs and difficulties that impact Canadian artists who seek to promote their music in the United States.
A copy of the report can be downloaded here: www.cimamusic.ca