Folk Alliance International's advocacy committee exists for the purpose of:
- FAI invites and encourages you to support the Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) Act, S.2510, which would improve processing for visa petitions filed by, or on behalf of, nonprofit arts organization by ensuring enforcement of current requirements. Inconsistency and delayed approvals have extremely harmful effects to touring international artists, cultural programs, presenting organizations, audiences, and artists in the U.S.
FAI Executive Director Aengus Finnan says the paper, written by the FAI Board Advocacy Committee and staff "finally provides the clarity, guidance, and comprehensive information critical for all musicians, and does so in an accessible way." And, he adds, "it furthers our commitment to membership advocacy through education."
A main intent of this bill is to even the playing field when it comes to broadcast-related performance rights. Today, only songwriters and publishers get paid when their songs are played on AM/FM radio in the United States - performers and master recording copyright holders (often the label) don’t get a cent. They ARE compensated for airplay on newer forms of “radio” (satellite radio, internet) - this would make it uniform across all “broadcast” platforms, new and old. The Act would also set in place public performance rights for recordings made before 1972.
Photo: Rep. Jerrold Nadler, 10th District of New York
FAI has reached an agreement with ASCAP and BMI to ensure that Folk Alliance International member House Concert Presenters are not subject to any PRO fees. There is NO additional fee or change in membership status to qualify for this member service, but you must be a current member to quality for this program.
Folk Alliance International created a tip sheet to print and have handy in your instrument case which has suggestions for traveling with an instrument and new DOT/FAA language regarding federal laws on US air travel with instruments effective March 6, 2015.