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Getting legal advice on U.S. visas

Visa issues can be complex and terms can be subject to change at short notice. Musicians are encouraged to seek legal advice on specific issues.

MU members benefit from free and discounted guidance from partner organisations

MU member can get free guidance from the following organisations:

  • Tamizdat – a Brooklyn-based non-profit that offers pro bono legal advice about artists visa issues
  • Artists From Abroad – an online resource for information about the US artist visa process

MU members get a 20% discounbt from the visa expediting services of Viva La Visa.

The following organisations also offer paid guidance for musicians, prices vary widely:

  • Birch Visas – a London-based visa expediting service
  • CoveyLaw – a Brooklyn-based law firm which has a grant program for independent artists that can substantially reduce their fees
  • Viva La Visa – a Suffolk-based visa expediting service that offers a 20% discount to MU members. Contact Viva La Visa on 01473 892 660 at

MU members having difficulty with their visa application process can always contact their regional office for further advice.

Funding visa costs

Visa costs, including travel expenses for interviews at Embassies, can be included in applications to the PRS Foundation International Showcase Fund and the Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) run by the BPI.

Member services

Contract Advisory Service

Protect yourself against unpaid fees by making sure that your tour or engagement is covered by a written contract. Have it vetted by the MU for added peace of mind.

Read more about Contract Advisory Service

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