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3 things to consider before doing a concert abroad

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | Entertainment Law |

Most artists dream of performing on a larger stage and for an international audience. However, for performers and musicians, going on a world tour may require meticulous planning beyond logistics and setlists.

Visas and work permits

Each country has unique visa requirements for performing artists. Your visa variation may depend on tour duration, band member’s nationalities and planned activities. Typically, processing times can be lengthy, so it is better to prepare the necessary paperwork ahead of time to avoid delays.

Additionally, if your team is performing for compensation, you and your team may require work permits. Failure to secure proper work authorization may lead to hefty fines, show cancellation or even detention. You may talk to legal professionals to help you navigate the application process for each tour destination, ensuring that you comply with the laws of the country you are visiting.

Understanding performance agreements

Every venue requires a written performance contract. This contract outlines the compensation, technical specifications, hospitality arrangements, merchandise sales and clauses that address unforeseen circumstances. It protects your creative control, ownership rights, and monetary interests. If there is an opportunity to collaborate with international artists, you should establish clear agreements regarding song ownership, performance royalties and profit sharing.

Do I have to pay taxes overseas?

Performing internationally often triggers tax obligations in different countries. Understanding local tax laws in advance helps your record label or talent agency budget accordingly and avoid unexpected financial burdens.

An international tour is a chance to display your talent and music globally. However, understanding the legal notions of performing abroad can be overwhelming. It is crucial to thoroughly check all paperwork and take a proactive approach to minimize risks and protect your creative and financial interests.