This NPR article dissects the controversy recently erupted about the Italian post-punk band Soviet Soviet, who were denied entrance to the United States last week and detained overnight before being deported back to Italy.
According to Soviet Soviet, its members told immigration officials that at two of the planned shows, the venues would be charging fans entry fees, but that the band itself would not get paid for those performances. The group seemed to believe that not receiving income from those shows would keep it on the right side of CBP — but this is exactly where Soviet Soviet’s case goes sideways.
Anastasia Tsioulcas, producer for NPR Music and the author of the article, provides a good overview of what's been happening with artist visas and the South by Southwest [SXSW] festival, an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. Read the "Why Was That Band Deported?" article on NPR's website.