Musicians Prevail On International Travel Issue
The AFM, partnering with the American Symphony Orchestra League, won U.S. government support to safeguard international travel with musical instruments during the recent meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, an international body which considered regulating the shipment of the Brazilian wood, pernambuco.
Since pernambuco is the wood most frequently used for bows for stringed instruments, American musicians could have been subject to burdensome restrictions while traveling internationally with their bows. The pernambuco tree was added to the international endangered species listing during this week's convention in the Hague, but the listing only applies to lumber and raw wood - and specifically exempts finished bows.
Prior to the conference, AFM and League representatives met with U.S. government officials and made the case that American musicians would be severely impacted by a blanket prohibition against the international shipment of pernambuco wood. The exemption permits international travel with finished bows and batons.
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