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SXSW “will remove the option of notifying immigration authorities” in artist contracts


After facing heavy criticism, SXSW will be removing the immigration clause from artist performing contracts in 2018.

This article originally appeared on Fact Mag

SXSW came under fire last week after Brooklyn indie pop outfit Told Slant canceled their performances at the festival due to a contract clause that specified SXSW would notify authorities if a performer was in America illegally.

Amid the controversy, SXSW CEO and co-founder Roland Swenson noted that the clause had been a part of the paperwork long before this year and says it was “a safeguard to provide SXSW with a means to respond to an act that does something truly egregious, such as disobeying our rules about pyrotechnics on stage, starting a brawl in a club, or causing serious safety issues.” He assured people that they are committed to fighting Trump’s travel ban.

Now, the festival has released a new statement about how their contracts will look in 2018 and beyond: “In this political climate, especially as it relates to immigration, we recognize the heightened importance of standing together against injustice.”

Read the full statement below.

“With the announcement of President Trump’s latest Travel Ban, SXSW would like to reaffirm its public opposition to these executive orders and provide ongoing support to the artists traveling from foreign countries to our event.

“To reinforce that stance, we would like to address the concerns regarding the language in our artist invitation letter and performance agreement for the SXSW Music Festival.

“SXSW will do the following:

-We will change the language in our artist invitation letter and performance agreement for 2018 and beyond.

-We will remove the option of notifying immigration authorities in situations where a foreign artist might “adversely affect the viability of Artist’s official showcase.”
*Safety is a primary concern for SXSW, and we report any safety issues to local authorities. It is not SXSW’s duty or authority to escalate a matter beyond local authorities.


Read the full story by Claire Lobenfeld at Fact Mag

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