Originally recorded May 7, 2024

Crossing international borders for performances with musical instruments that contain ivory, rosewood, tortoise shell, and other protected species material requires special permits and advance planning. Learn all the details from representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency that implements the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in the United States.

This one-hour webinar provides an overview of the rules for travel with musical instruments and invites your questions. We not only review the basics but also provide important insights into ways you can support conservation by being informed of rules specific to musicians and their instruments.

Review the League’s Protected Species Travel Tips and the Know Your Bow campaign to get started on learning the basics.

Who Should Watch?

Musicians, general managers and operations staff, artistic personnel managers, executive directors, and anyone interested in navigating travel rules for protected species.


Please contact Member Services at member@americanorchestras.org.

This webinar is presented by the League of American Orchestras in partnership with the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, Chamber Music America, Folk Alliance International, the International Alliance of Violin and Bow Makers for Endangered Species, NAMM – the National Association of Music Merchants, and the Recording Academy.

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