Artist Mobility in the Current Political Climate
Thu 17 Jan | De Oosterpoort, Back 9 (down) | 13:30 - 14:30
Thu 17 Jan | De Oosterpoort, Back 9 (down) | 13:30 - 14:30

Artist Mobility in the Current Political Climate

Matthew Covey US, Lisa Matthews-Jones Arts Council of Wales (GB), Marie Fol On the Move (FR)

Management | Policy | Bookings

English spoken

The non-profit US based organization Tamizdat periodically produces events designed to raise the profile of artist mobility issues. Matthew Covey of Tamizdat will dig into the specific artist mobility issues that will occur in regard to artists travelling between continents, with Marie Fol, representing On The Move and discussing EU artist mobility issues, Lisa Matthews-Jones from the Arts Council of Wales discussing UK artist mobility issues and BREXIT. The panelists will all briefly cover the basics, and then talk about the recent challenges the current political climate is creating for artists. The BREXIT issue is also on the table, especially in regards to whether or not it will impact touring UK and EU artists.


  • Matthew Covey

    Matthew Covey US

    Matthew Covey has worked in music and arts immigration since the 90s as a member of the critically acclaimed US/Slovak indie-rock band Skulpey, as Knitting Factory Records’ Amsterdam booking agent, and as the manager of Grammy Award winning band, the Klezmatics, Covey’s varied career has given him a broad understanding of the entertainment industries. He has presented and chaired panels on artist mobility issues at numerous conferences, including SXSW, CMJ, WOMEX, Folk Alliance, APAP, The Great Escape, M4Music, YouBloom, Swn, Reeperbahn, HWCH, IndieWeek, Western Arts Alliance, Mundial Montreal, NXNE, The Edinburgh Fringe, Palestine Music Expo, Output Belfast, NY Winter Jazz, FimPro, and Eurosonic. Covey is a founding director of Tamizdat, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes international cultural exchange. He is president of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States, and founder of ContraBanned. He holds a J.D. from New York Law, an M.A. focussing on post colonial literary theory from University College Dublin, a B.A. in English from Oberlin College, and is admitted to the New York Bar.

  • Lisa Matthews-Jones

    Lisa Matthews-Jones Arts Council of Wales (GB)

    Lisa is Portfolio Manager in the Enterprise and Regeneration team at Arts Council of Wales (ACW), the national funding and development agency for the arts in Wales. Her portfolio includes capability development, digital and innovation, income generation and partnerships. She also chairs ACW’s music sector development group and works closely with ACW’s international arm, Wales Arts International. Music initiatives that Lisa has led include Horizons/Gorwelion, a music talent programme in partnership with BBC Wales, working with the Welsh Government to expand PRS Foundation’s Momentum to Wales and overseeing a Lottery funding strand targeted at musicians and their teams. Lisa started out in and is passionate about contemporary independent music, with previous roles including secondment as Director of Creative Economy at Cardiff University, Managing Director of music industry development agency Welsh Music Foundation and a Director of international music body, Cerdd Cymru: Music Wales. @leesmatthews

  • Marie Fol

    Marie Fol On the Move (FR)

    Marie Fol has been working in the field of cultural mobility since 2010, first for the artist-in-residence information platform Trans Artists (2010-2012) and then for DutchCulture, centre for international cooperation (2013-2018). Fol has extensive experience in complex project management within a national institute like DutchCulture, as Head of the Dutch Creative Europe desk, as well as in international settings, specifically in the coordination of European culture cooperation projects (ON-AiR, Green Art Lab Alliance). She is regularly invited to artist residencies in Europe, and facilitates training for artists (mostly in music, visual arts, and performing arts) and cultural professionals (producers, cultural managers) into the practical aspects of mobility such as visa, taxation and funding opportunities. She was delegated by the Dutch government as expert on cultural mobility in the 2016 Stock-Taking meeting organised by the European Commission. Since 2017, Fol is treasurer and board member of On the Move, the cultural mobility information network in Europe and beyond (www.on-the-move.org).