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Here’s SXSW’s response to the backlash over its immigration clause

Austin’s South by Southwest festival is in damage control mode after a musician tweeted a screenshot of a clause in its performance contract that gives it broad discretion to notify U.S. immigration authorities if performers misbehave. In a statement, festival CEO Roland Swenson affirmed SXSW’s opposition to President Trump’s immigration ban and said organizers have never had … Continue reading “Here’s SXSW’s response to the backlash over its immigration clause”

Austin’s South by Southwest festival is in damage control mode after a musician tweeted a screenshot of a clause in its performance contract that gives it broad discretion to notify U.S. immigration authorities if performers misbehave. In a statement, festival CEO Roland Swenson affirmed SXSW’s opposition to President Trump’s immigration ban and said organizers have never had to report an international artist to immigration authorities.

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“Language governing SXSW’s ability to protect a showcase has been in the artist Performance Agreement for many years. It is, and always was intended to be, a safeguard to provide SXSW with a means to respond to an act that does something truly egregious, such as disobeying our rules about pyrotechnics on stage, starting a brawl in a club, or causing serious safety issues.”

Read the full statement via Billboard here.

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Christopher Zara is a senior staff news editor for Fast Company and obsessed with media, technology, business, culture, and theater. Before coming to FastCo News, he was a deputy editor at International Business Times, a theater critic for Newsweek, and managing editor of Show Business magazine

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