Daily Mail

Musicians’ plea on America visa hike


MUSIC industry bosses are calling on American regulators to scrap a planned increase in touring fees, which will hit British artists.

Visa costs for musicians will more than triple from £375 to £1,317 under plans being considered by US immigratio­n.

But UK Music, which represents the industry, said the proposed changes would be ‘deeply damaging’, leaving America off limits to many UK acts. British rapper Little Simz ( pictured) has cancelled her US tour, blaming the already considerab­le costs.

And yesterday UK Music boss Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said: ‘We urge the US authoritie­s to think again. We should be doing everything we can to make touring easier, not harder.’

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