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Articles, Music Business, Robert Baird, Traveling Musician

Tips to Getting a Temporary Work Permit for the United States

Q: I am coming to the United States for a tour and I am making plans now to get my visa for the tour. Is there anything I need to know about getting a visa? The first thing a foreign artist, or nonresident alien (NRA), needs to know is that the visa required for any […]

First, You Have to Get Their Attention

Years ago, if an indie musician wanted to try to book a club or concert venue, they probably started by calling whoever the decision maker was—the club owner, theater manager, etc.—and tried to get them to hear them play. Today it’s a little different. It’s more than a phone call or a press kit with […]

The Complete Story on Canadian Work Permits

The Complete Story on Canadian Work Permits — For many years getting a work permit to bring your band to Canada for a bar, pub, or restaurant gig was a reality.

RVs and Elephants: Life Behind the Scenes for Ringling Gold Unit Musicians

RVs and Elephants: Life Behind the Scenes for Ringling Gold Unit Musicians — Touring year-round withRingling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circuses.

Tips for Safe Air Travels with Your Instrument

Tips for Safe Air Travels with Your Instrument — Customs, and other agencies have made improvements and reduced unexpected surprises when traveling by air.

TMA: Broadway and Beyond

TMA: Broadway and Beyond — TMA represents theatre musicians around the country; the Theatre Committee represents theatre musicians in New York City.

How to Structure an Overscale Deal that Works for You

How to Structure an Overscale Deal that Works for You —you may enjoy the negotiating wages or other “perks” that are beyond union scale minimum terms.

Touring and Theatre Special

Touring and Theatre Special — Welcome to the 2015 International Musician special section on the AFM’s Touring, Theatre, Booking and Immigration Division.

Central Withholding Agreements in the US

Most artists should take advantage of central withholding agreements (CWA) with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to reduce this withholding amount.

Perform at Your Best: Eating Well on the Road

Eating well on the road is important for anyone traveling, but especially musicians who are under tremendous mental and physical stress…