World Music


Artists Visas Committee

A professional


The Comité Visas Artistes was set up in 2009 in response to the grow­ing dif­fi­cul­ties encoun­tered by pro­fes­sion­al orga­ni­za­tions in the music sec­tor in obtain­ing visas. inter­na­tion­al lev­el. Its aim is to sup­port music indus­try pro­fes­sion­als when they encounter dif­fi­cul­ties in obtain­ing visas and resolv­ing bot­tle­necks. With a scope of action that cov­ers all music, and some­times the entire field of live per­for­mance, this com­mit­tee rep­re­sents pro­fes­sion­als in the sec­tor : pro­duc­ers, labels, tour­ing com­pa­nies, artists, pro­gram­mers (fes­ti­vals, venues, local author­i­ties, etc.) and artists. It is reg­u­lar­ly con­sult­ed and rec­og­nized for its exper­tise and exem­plary role as an infor­mal plat­form. Zone Franche, the world music net­work, has been com­mis­sioned to man­age the project.



Con­tact the rel­e­vant min­istries in the event of dif­fi­cul­ties in obtain­ing visas or block­ages.


The com­plex and fast-chang­ing nature of the process makes it dif­fi­cult for small busi­ness­es to keep up with the lat­est devel­op­ments. To this end, we have set up a net­work of resource struc­tures and peo­ple to help us answer ques­tions that are some­times high­ly spe­cif­ic and tech­ni­cal.


It also col­lects case stud­ies to iden­ti­fy the most fre­quent rea­sons for block­ages or dif­fi­cul­ties, with a view to pro­duc­ing rec­om­men­da­tions.


Based on the analy­sis of cas­es han­dled and feed­back from the field, the CVA takes action to alert pub­lic author­i­ties to the need to improve visa pro­cess­ing pro­ce­dures.

The Comité Visas Artistes brings together :

CNV, FNSAC, UPFI, SNAM CGT, SFA, PRODISS, UFISC, SMA, Organ­i­sa­tion Inter­na­tionale de la Fran­coph­o­nie, Insti­tut Français, De Con­cert, Mobi­cul­ture, Cité Inter­na­tionale des Arts and Zone Franche. It works close­ly with the Min­istry of Europe and For­eign Affairs, and the Min­istry of Cul­ture. The French Min­istry of the Inte­ri­or joined the Comité Visas in 2015.