Indie music and comedy venues around the country are suffering deeply due to Covid-19 restrictions; while we can’t speak for everyone, we have a pretty good feeling that most of you reading have at least one very good memory of seeing a show at one of these endangered places. And so, we would like to ask you to pitch in (if you can) to help save them.
“Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 90% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again.”
That’s an insane statement to read, but all too real. And the restrictions will last until (likely) at least 2021, meaning we need to act NOW if we want to make sure our favorite spots are able to survive.
“Formed at the onset of the Covid-19 shutdown, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), now has nearly 2,000 members in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The 9:30 Club, The Anthem, Lincoln Theatre, Merriweather Post Pavilion are founding members of NIVA. These independent venues and promoters were the first to close and will be the last to fully reopen. They are at real risk of closing permanently if Congress does not take quick and specific action to address the unique circumstances of this still-shuttered component of the small business sector, which normally fuels substantial economic growth for the communities they serve.”
DMV natives including Dave Grohl, Maggie Rogers, David Byrne, Patton Oswalt, Ian MacKaye, Beach House, Logic, Lucy Dacus, O.A.R., Maggie Rose, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have sent letters to Congress asking legislators to provide critical financial support for independent venues and promoters in the US, which have experienced immense hardship due to the pandemic.
So far people across America have written more than 500,000 emails asking Congress to #SaveOurStages. Can you help?