Anyone connected with the live sound and events industry is encouraged to lend their support to two ongoing pieces of legislation that will be addressed when the United States Senate reconvenes on Monday, September 8 and the House returns later in the month: the Save Our Stages Act and the RESTART Act.
Both acts are strongly supported by National Independent Venue Association (NIVA). a group of more than 2,000 independent venues in 50 states that have banded together to ask Washington for targeted legislation to help them survive. The miision of NIVA is ‘to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live music venues and promoters throughout the United States.”
NIVA notes that, “So far more than 1.8 million emails have gone to Congress to let elected officials know their constituents want independent venues to receive the assistance they need so they can reopen when it’s safe.”
Go here to provide your support.
Save Our Stages authorizes the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to make up to $10 billion in grants to eligible live venue operators, producers, promoters, or talent representatives to address the economic effects of the pandemic on live venues. Find out more here.
In addition, RESTART provides a paycheck protection loan recipient with 16 weeks to use such funds if the recipient has (1) less than 500 full-time employees, and (2) suffered a decline in revenues of at least 25 percent. Find out more here.
A statement from NIVA: “This is our final push to Congress and there won’t be another opportunity. We NEED the #SaveOurStagesAct and the #RestartAct passed in order to keep independent venues nationwide from closing permanently. Please help us #SaveOurStages now.”
Again, go here to provide your support.