The Fragility of Mobility

Overcoming new hurdles to cultural exchange

Matthew Covey by Dan Efram
Zélie Flach
Marie Fol by Michael Rathmayr
Jess White by Vanessa Mojapelo

Chaired by Matthew Covey (USA), Tamizdat

with Zélie Flach (UK), Wales Arts International;
Marie Fol (France/Netherlands), On the Move;
Jess White (Australia/South Africa), Akum Agency

and a contribution of Andre Stephen Le Roux (South Africa) IKS Cultural Consulting

A lot has happened since we last met in person at WOMEX 19 in Tampere, Finland. A global pandemic, Brexit, financial and economic unrest, and regime change in the U.S, all this and more have transformed the international music business.

While we are constantly faced with new barriers and challenges towards mobility and travel, we have also become more concerned about the sustainability of our practices. In this session, four experts from varied backgrounds will discuss artist mobility, the legal, ethical, and practical issues that we must confront when artists hit the road.