Drew Foxman wanted to create an organization that would do more than present or produce music, that could do more than facilitate exchange or collaboration between diverse artists. He wanted to use the tools he’d witnessed in international community development and social innovation to train forward-thinking young musicians to go into their home communities and engage in hands-on projects to make things better. After years of thinking about the issues and honing in on the right plan, he launched Giant Steps, home of the Music Action Lab. Its first cohort, featuring musicians from half a dozen countries, gathered in the Bay Area last year for a month of training, playing, and performing. Foxman’s approach exemplifies a new generation of broad, tech-friendly initiatives popping up in the world music scene, melding the roles of label, presenter, and management, all with an unflagging emphasis on musician empowerment and social good.
Matthew Covey of CoveyLaw has decades of experience with the US visa system, as it pertains to artists and bands coming to America to perform. He’s been an active, compelling voice advocating key shifts in visa policy for the arts. He’s also an immigration lawyer, which gives him special insight into the current confusing atmosphere about what musicians need to consider as they prepare to play in the US. We ran a few of the most common and pressing questions by Matt, and he gave us some helpful tips and information for artists seeking visas.
Fiona Black discusses what she looks for when booking an artist, shifting concert interests and blurring cultural lines.
David Chavez of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs gives advice and insight into getting your performance onto any stage.
An informative interview with Lincoln Center staff on getting your performance into public spaces.