Matthew Covey '91 will be visiting Oberlin to speak with international students about the legal processes and procedures of remaining in the United States as artists after graduation.
He is a partner at CoveyLaw, a Brooklyn-based law firm that serves the needs of the international arts community. CoveyLaw handles immigration, entertainment, and business matters for musicians, actors, dancers, visual artists, record labels, talent agencies, theater companies, and professionals worknig throughout the creative and tech industries.
This talk is open to all international students from the Conservatory, Musical Studies, Arts, and Performing Arts departments on campus.
Lunch will be provided!
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, HWCH, IndieWeek, Western Arts Alliance, Mundial Montreal, NXNE, The Edinburgh Fringe, 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 JD from New York Law, an MA focussing on post colonial literary theory from University College Dublin, a BA in English from Oberlin College, and is admitted to the New York Bar.