Wanted to flag this music petition for you that’s taking off right now on Change.org. Since it was launched yesterday, over 69,000 music fans and artists (including more than 10,000 US supporters) have signed on to stop increased fees on international touring musicians in Canada.
Musicians including DJ Maseo of hip hop act De La Soul, rock singer Sebastian Bach, and all-female heavy metal outfit Kittie are among those who have tweeted their support for the petition.
Carlyle Doherty, a music fan and avid concert goer who has worked in the entertainment industry for years, was shocked to hear about the new fees so he launched his petition on Change.org demanding that the Canadian government pull them. As reported by the Calgary Herald, the new law will “require each non-exempt venue bringing in an act from outside of the country to pay $275 per musician and crew member…There is an additional $150 for each approved musician and crew member’s work permit.”