Lizzo, Stevie Nicks, Gwen Stefani and a slew of different artists and executives have signed a letter from the Music Artists Coalition asking President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to present monetary reduction to the music group and ease the “existential threat” posed by the coronavirus pandemic. (Per Variety, the same letter was additionally despatched to congressional leaders.)
The letter particularly seeks assist for the “hundreds of thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on the live music business.” The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the dwell music trade, with a ton of main excursions and festivals — together with Coachella, Bonnaroo and South by Southwest — both canceled or postponed. While cutting down on mass public gatherings is essential to stemming the unfold of COVID-19, it’s additionally worn out a source of income for many people who work on excursions and festivals behind the scenes.
Other artists who signed the letter embrace John Mayer, Diplo, Maren Morris, Dave Matthews, Lionel Richie, Little Big Town, Mark Ronson, Meghan Trainor, Sheryl Crow, Charli XCX, the Doobie Brothers, Tim McGraw, Troye Sivan, Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Def Leppard and Idina Menzel.
“[T]he concert business is as drastically and negatively impacted as the airlines and the hospitality industries, despite a lack of media attention,” the letter states. “The men and women who work tirelessly to bring live music to fans are unable to work from home and have no alternative means of supporting themselves and their families… Concerts are not just about the headliner: the foundation of live music are the touring musicians, truck and bus drivers, stagehands, production teams, crews who handle lighting, sound, equipment, security, and so many others do not have any option for work as there are no live events for the foreseeable future.”
The letter concludes: “The music industry is facing an existential threat that is unprecedented — the touring business as we know it has disappeared without warning and without a safety net for hundreds of thousands of people. MAC believes the impacted people in the music industry are one of the groups most in need of government assistance.”
On Wednesday, the Recording Academy issued a similar letter to Congress, with a consultant for the group saying they’re involved in petitioning for “tax benefits, interest-free loans and direct support for small businesses and nonprofits.” President Donald Trump has to this point signed one of what’s anticipated to be no less than a handful of reduction packages, a few of which might present direct monetary funds to taxpayers.
Dear President Trump and Secretary Mnuchin,
The Music Artists Coalition (MAC) appreciates the bipartisan efforts underway to tackle the extreme financial affect on tens of millions of Americans due to COVID-19. As financial reduction efforts are finalized, MAC believes it’s important that assist is reserved for the a whole lot of 1000’s of individuals whose livelihoods depend upon the dwell music enterprise.
In compliance with CDC pointers, all concert events and occasions have been canceled indefinitely. As a end result, the live performance enterprise is as drastically and negatively impacted because the airways and the hospitality industries, regardless of an absence of media consideration. The women and men who work tirelessly to convey dwell music to followers are unable to work at home and don’t have any different technique of supporting themselves and their households.
The cancellation of concert events, excursions, and festivals implies that the musicians and crews who make each live performance a particular expertise for music followers are actually out of a job and don’t have any different manner to pay lease or put meals on the desk. Concerts will not be simply in regards to the headliner: the inspiration of dwell music are the touring musicians, truck and bus drivers, stagehands, manufacturing groups, crews who deal with lighting, sound, tools, safety, and so many others shouldn’t have any choice for work as there are not any dwell occasions for the foreseeable future.
The cancellation of concert events, festivals, and excursions has introduced an abrupt finish to revenue for a whole lot of 1000’s of individuals. For these devoted people, it isn’t an unwillingness, however an lack of ability, to work, when all concert events, excursions, and recording periods are canceled or indefinitely postponed. While some concert events can be rescheduled, it’s inevitable that many can be canceled and unable to discover a venue by which to carry out when this disaster has handed.
The music trade is going through an existential risk that’s unprecedented – the touring enterprise as we all know it has disappeared with out warning and with out a security web for a whole lot of 1000’s of individuals. MAC believes the impacted folks within the music trade are one of many teams most in want of presidency help.
Thank you for main the battle to guarantee Americans are in a position to pay their payments and survive these attempting occasions.
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