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CIMA's Andrew Cash Gongs Increased U.S. Visa Costs

American acts can cross our border freely to work but proposed new U.S. visa costs make reciprocity nearly impossible for our developing acts.

CIMA's Andrew Cash Gongs Increased U.S. Visa Costs

By David Farrell

Andrew Cash, president and CEO of the Canadian Independent Music Association, a former MP and co-founder of the band L'Étranger, hits the nail on the head in a Globe and Mail editorial that exposes the harsh financial toll U.S immigration is proposing in raising work visas by as much as 250 percent.


The increased costs make it all but prohibitive for rank-and-file musicians and crews to cross the border to work.

As Cash posits, the rub is that “In contrast to U.S. policy, Canada is open for business to U.S. touring artists. Here, there is nearly no red tape; no work permit, no visas, no problem.”

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To read the article, link to On musician touring visas, the United States needs to change its tune.

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Linkin Park Debuts at No. 1 on Rock & Alternative Airplay Chart With ‘Friendly Fire’
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Linkin Park Debuts at No. 1 on Rock & Alternative Airplay Chart With ‘Friendly Fire’

It's the band's third leading entrance.

The fifth No. 1 debut in the history of Billboard’s Rock & Alternative Airplay chart belongs to Linkin Park, whose “Friendly Fire” premieres atop the March 9-dated tally.

“Friendly Fire” bows with 7.9 million radio audience impressions earned Feb. 23-29, according to Luminate.

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