Matthew Covey (US)

Speaker (CoveyLaw)

Covey has devoted his professional career to helping artists build bridges between international communities, and is a leading legal authority on U.S. arts immigration. Following his studies in literature and music (BA Oberlin College) and post-colonial theory (MA UCD Ireland), Covey moved to Slovakia where he co-founded the critically acclaimed US/Slovak indie-rock band Skulpey. After relocations to Dublin and then New York, Covey worked as a festival talent-buyer before running Knitting Factory Records’ Amsterdam booking agency. In 2000, he co-launched Tamizdat’s Prague operations, managing Tamizdat RPM for three years before returning to New York to become the manager of Grammy Award winning band, the Klezmatics. Through the early 2000s, as U.S. visa policy became an increasing impediment to international culture in the U.S. which inspired Covey to attended law school (JD NY Law School) so as to further Tamizdat’s work facilitating international cultural mobility. He launched Tamizdat’s affiliated law firm, CoveyLaw, in 2015, and it has quickly become the U.S.’s leading authority and advocate for arts immigration. Covey is is admitted to the New York Bar, and is also president of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States.

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