New Canadian law requires international touring bands to pay extra fees

A new Canadian law is now in effect that will require non-Canadian musicians to pay an extra $275 per musician to play at any venue with a primary business other than music. The fees will not only apply to band members, but to any additional tour personal as well, such as a tour manager or guitar tech. These charges will be in addition to the current fees of $150 for each band and crew member to obtain work permits in Canada.

These new policies are facing heavy criticism by venue owners, who fear that the additional fees will significantly discourage all but the most commercially successful artists to take their tours elsewhere.

To check out a petition challenging this law, head over here.



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