Immigrant rules cause major split in one of music’s biggest events
Politics and the Trump administration’s immigration policies have taken center stage at one of the music industry’s biggest events.
One band has pulled out of a South by Southwest (SXSW) showcase, claiming that the annual film, media, and music festival’s performer contract says international artists may be reported to immigration officials.
Felix Walworth, a member of New York-based band Told Slant, posted a photo of what he says is the SXSW performer contract that warns that international artists who perform unofficial concerts during the week of the festival could be handed over to U.S. government immigration officials and deported.
SXSW will “notify the appropriate U.S. immigration authorities” of artists who “adversely affect the viability of their official SXSW showcase,” the contract states:
SXSW’s managing director, Roland Swenson, said the clause has been part of the SXSW contract since 2013 and is only enforced “if somebody did something really horrific, like disobey rules about pyrotechnics, starting a brawl, or if they killed somebody.”
This article continues at [Breitbart] Band Pulls Out of SXSW Show over ‘Xenophobic’ Immigration Clause