Archive for the ‘Law and Disorder: Performing Arts Division’ Category

What We Know So Far About Trump’s Coronavirus Travel Ban

Friday, March 13th, 2020

By Brian Taylor Goldstein In short, not much. As you can imagine, this was announced without any details as to how, exactly, this was going to work in terms of screening, implementation, flight schedules, etc. But here what we know so far… Anyone who has been in one of the 26 European countries in the […]

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Please Consider Donating Cancelled Tickets Rather Than Seek Refunds

Friday, March 13th, 2020

I, like most of you, was ingrained with the paradigm that the show must go on no matter what—to the extent that I once performed a whole show the day after I had all four wisdom teeth extracted. However, these are extraordinary times. The live, performing arts will not suffer more than any other economic […]

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The Response of the Performing Arts to the World Premiere of the Coronavirus

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

By Brian Taylor Goldstein Let’s all step back and take a breath for moment. As you can imagine, the coronavirus has overrun (dare I say “infected?”) our office with an ever growing stream of cancellations based on force majeur and concerns from venues, presenters, agents, and artists from around the world. As the situation has […]

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Avoiding A Trip to A U.S. Consulate

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Depending on the consulate and a person’s nationality, a “renewal by mail” option is “sometimes” available for artists who are applying for the same visa (O, P, F, etc) within 1 year of the last one. For example, a famous conductor who comes to the U.S. each year on O-1 visas and who gets approved […]

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Visa Tip for Booking Agents/Managers

Friday, December 13th, 2019

December 13, 2019 Hi folks Sorry for our infrequent posts. We’ll try and do better. To that end, I thought I’d share an issue that just arose with one of our clients. A booking agent filed P-1/P-1S visa petitions for a group that has previously been approved. This time, they received an RFE on a […]

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Emancipating Artists From Your Roster

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq. Hi everyone! The issue of artists leaving a roster and re-booking themselves at a venue their manager/agent originally found for them is always an ongoing problem. I’ve been asked to re-post a blog we did on this several years ago. Here it is….. Dear Law and Disorder: What would be […]

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U.S. Artist Visa Updates as of April 5, 2019

Friday, April 5th, 2019

By Brian Taylor Goldstein Most of you are aware by now that in fall 2018 a number of significant policy and procedural changes were imposed on the already exasperating process of obtaining U.S. artist visas. No surprisingly, these changes were the work of Donald Trump, who is also known by many other names: Cheeto-In-Chief, Trumpty […]

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THE ARTIST VISA UPDATE FROM HELL as of July 17, 2018

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq., Robyn Guilliams, Esq., and Christopher Dowley, Esq. I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer…because we are just about the ruin it. So be prepared for some serious sunburn, chiggers, sand fleas, and food poisoning as we give you the latest updates:     I.    NEW USCIS POLICY ALLOWS VISA PETITIONS […]

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SOME CANTANKEROUS MUSINGS ON PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO SPEED UP USCIS INCOMPETENCY

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq. For those of you who are unaware, on February 28, 2018 U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), both former chairmen of the Senate Judiciary Committee, have introduced the Arts Require Timely Service Act (ARTS Act); a bill that would require U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to provide […]

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CAN A U.S. ORCHESTRA REFUSE TO PAY A NON-U.S. MUSICIAN?

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

By Brian Taylor Goldstein Dear Law and Disorder: I am a musician on an O-1 visa that my agent got for me. It covers multiple engagements. Last September, I was hired to be a section musician with an orchestra. They have been paying me up until now, but now they are saying that legally they […]

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