Partner/Volunteer Attorney, CoveyLaw/Tamizdat
Will Spitz leads CoveyLaw’s performing arts division, focusing primarily on preparing O and P visa petitions for artists entering the U.S. temporarily to perform. He also provides pro bono services to foreign artists and arts professionals as a volunteer attorney at Tamizdat, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes international cultural exchange. He has presented and moderated panels on artist mobility issues at conferences including Amsterdam Dance Event, Folk Alliance International, Indie Week, CMJ, Breakout West and the American Immigration Lawyers Association ACES Conference. Will is also a musician who has played in various rock and electronic bands, as well as in the New York Balinese gamelan ensemble Gamelan Dharma Swara.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Will worked as a writer and editor at the sadly now defunct alternative weekly newspaper the Boston Phoenix. He holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. from Boston University. He is admitted to the New York State Bar.
Barriers of Entry: International Artists and the U.S. Artist Visa Process
Friday, October 13, 2023, 10:00 AM
The legal hurdles that visas create often make us think twice about working with foreign acts, whether you're a label that aims to sign an international artist, or an agent or venue that wants to book one. At this panel immigration attorney Will Spitz will lead a discussion addressing the "ins and outs" of the U.S. artist visa process. We'll walk you through the process from the first consideration of a tour, through arriving on U.S. soil, providing invaluable tips and strategies for getting your artist into the U.S. affordably and with a minimum of hassle.