Against Unfair Treatment of Independent Artists Worldwide sign now

This petition is for a demand we are making to the United States of America's government to reassess the criteria by which work visas are required for foreign entertainers.

A prime example of the current flaws in U.S. policy can be seen in the current example of Belgian musical artist Dr. Chris and his group:

In late August of 2003, Dr. Chris and company, an unsigned musical act from Belguim, attempted entry into the USA for a show that they were scheduled to play in Las Vegas at the Cooler Lounge. The group was not receiving a big cash payoff for the show, but was performing as an opportunity to gain exposure to American audiences. They are an independent group and were paying out of pocket for all travel and living costs aside from free beer and food from the venue. Because they were receiving these free concessions, the U.S. government considered the group to be "working" and stated that they needed to leave the country and not come back until they had a workers' visa. The group's pictures and digital fingerprints were taken. They were treated with suspicion and forced back to unable to afford the costs of another flight to the United States.

As an group supporting indie artists worldwide, we feel that this type of behavior by the federal government is uncalled for. It is difficult for artists to break through internationally without the help of a large corporate label, and the people (like Dr. Chris and his group) that try to do this for themselves should not be penalized or treated like common criminals.

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    I agree with this statement, and would offer that this clearly is rediculous, please consider changing the criteria of this action!
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