SAVE OUR STAGES
- Live events employ over 12 million people.
- Live events contributes over $1 trillion annually to the US economy.
- 95% of live events have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
- 96% of companies have cut staff and/or wages.
- 77% of people in the live events industry have lost 100% of their income, including 97% of 1099 workers.
The Sunrise Theater and independent entertainment venues across the US are struggling.
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ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
The following are excerpts from a recent Rolling Stone Magazine article by Jon Blistein.
Independent music and entertainment venues have been among the hardest-hit businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Even as some portions of the economy begin to re-open, venues will likely remain closed for some time.The recently introduced “Save Our Stages Act” would provide financial support to help “keep venues afloat, pay employees and preserve a critical economic sector for communities across America.”
The “Save Our Stages” act would ensure that relief funds only go to small, independent venue operators, promoters and talent reps.
In a statement, the National Independent Venue Association hailed the “Save Our Stage” act. “While existing government assistance programs have helped other industries, they weren’t tailored to meet the needs of small businesses like ours that have zero revenue, enormous overhead and no visibility into when we can fully re-open,” said Adam Hartke, the co-chair of the organization’s advocacy committee. “The Save Our Stages Act will provide the assistance we need to get through the shutdown until we can reopen safely and once again become the economic generators for our communities that we’ve always been.”
Ask your legislators to support and cosponsor S. 4258/H.R. 7806 the Save Our Stages Act & S. 3814/H.R. 7481, the RESTART Act, which would ensure the survival of independent venues, festivals and promoters across the nation.
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NATIONAL INDEPENDENT VENUE ASSOCIATION (NIVA)
NIVA applauds the introduction of the bi-partisan Save Our Stages Act introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).
Independent live music and entertainment venues have been hard-hit during the coronavirus pandemic, with 90 percent of venue owners, promoters, and bookers reporting they are at risk of closing permanently without additional financial assistance.
“While existing government assistance programs have helped other industries, they weren’t tailored to meet the needs of small businesses like ours that have zero revenue, enormous overhead and no visibility into when we can fully re-open. The Save Our Stages Act will provide the assistance we need to get through the shutdown until we can reopen safely and once again become the economic generators for our communities that we’ve always been.” Adam Hartke, co-chair of NIVA’s Advocacy Committee
NIVA was formed at the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown and now represents more than 2,000 members in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. These independent venues and promoters were the first to close and will be the last to fully reopen. NIVA's mission is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live music venues, promoters and festivals throughout the United States.
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