The Last Dinner Party and CMAT criticise rising US visa costs

For a lot of musicians, success in the US is a must for success in the industry.

The Last Dinner Party and CMAT criticise rising US visa costs
The Last Dinner Party and CMAT criticise rising US visa costs
However, other musicians claim that because obtaining a visa is becoming more expensive, they are losing money by touring there.

Professional musicians and entertainers need to apply for specific types of visas before they can travel abroad, as can the support personnel who accompany them.

The price has more than doubled since April, often reaching over $1,000 (£800) per person—and that’s before extra costs.

The US Embassy informed BBC Newsbeat that it receives no revenue from visa fees and that the increase in cost is due to its own escalating costs.

However, performers like the Irish singer-songwriter CMAT claim that, even before the surge, traveling to the US was “very expensive” and that, as a result, some musicians may now be prevented from doing so.

“Every time I go over there, I’m losing money,” she states.

“We will never make money; it is not possible.

“I’m lucky enough that I’m signed now and I’ve made two albums so I have the money to lose in America.”

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