Struggling Amid Coronavirus, Music Companies Ask Congress for Aid - EpicNews

Some of the biggest firms and organizations throughout the music and leisure industries have issued a letter to Congress asking for monetary reduction in gentle of the financial affect of the continuing coronavirus pandemic. 

The letter, issued to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic chief Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday, asks Congress for monetary advantages just like the just lately handed HR 6201, which provides emergency paid sick depart and household medical depart, amongst others, that President Trump signed into legislation on Wednesday. 

According to the letter, due to the leisure trade’s gig construction, a lot of its members who aren’t working for one long-term employer gained’t obtain advantages with present laws. 

“Our home is on the road, on the studio lot, or in the theater, in venues across the country that must close during the pandemic, in front of live audiences or with cast members who cannot gather,” organizers wrote. “For now, those performances — and our jobs — have vanished, along with the costly and personally devastating investments we can never recover. Without help, we know that many in our community will find themselves homeless, hungry, and unable to tend to their medical needs.

“The economic pain cuts even deeper, touching not only performers and musicians, but also managers, producers, promoters, stagehands, drivers, and countless others who are feeling the immediate repercussions of this new reality,” they added. “This unprecedented economic loss caused by canceled performances and production shutdowns is being played out in bars, nightclubs, theaters, stadiums, concert halls, studios, and festivals in every state, sidelining thousands of workers.”

This is the most recent name from the music industry for authorities intervention to assist struggling trade members; the Music Artists Coalition similarly sent a letter to President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for support on Thursday, and the Recording Academy sent one to Congress on Wednesday. 

Forty-three firms, together with a few of the most outstanding within the music enterprise, such because the Azoff Co., Live Nation, the Recording Academy, Creative Artists Agency, and William Morris Endeavor, signed the letter.

“This fund and expanded unemployment insurance access and benefits would ensure that hundreds of thousands of families across the country can continue to pay rent, put food on the table, and care for their children during this public-health emergency,” organizers wrote. “In addition, we encourage you to be as inclusive as possible when crafting emergency paid leave, tax credits, and other programs — the unique nature of our industry means rules that require beneficiaries to have had a single, long-term employer will simply leave our entire workforce behind.”

Read the total letter and see all the listing of signees beneath.

March 20, 2020

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader McCarthy, and Leader Schumer:

As united representatives of the big and numerous American leisure group, we provide our honest gratitude for your immense efforts to handle the COVID-19 pandemic and to supply a lot wanted support.

We perceive the sacrifices our nation is making and recognize our shared accountability. We will make the required changes to our lives however, sadly, there isn’t a possibility for many within the leisure group to do business from home. Our house is on the street, on the studio lot or within the theater, in venues throughout the nation that should shut in the course of the pandemic, in entrance of reside audiences or with solid members who can not collect. For now, these performances — and our jobs — have vanished, together with the pricey and personally devastating investments we will by no means recuperate. Without assist, we all know that many in our group will discover themselves homeless, hungry, and unable to are inclined to their medical wants.

The financial ache cuts even deeper, touching not solely performers and musicians, but additionally managers, producers, promoters, stagehands, drivers, and numerous others who’re feeling the instant repercussions of this new actuality. This unprecedented financial loss brought on by canceled performances and manufacturing shutdowns is being performed out in bars, nightclubs, theaters, stadiums, live performance halls, studios, and festivals in each state, sidelining hundreds of staff.

The leisure group will do what it may to assist its members, however this second calls for the unrivaled capabilities of Congress. As you navigate the troublesome path to offering crucial support to distinct sectors of our economic system, we ask that you just particularly deal with the distinctive nature of our work. Payroll tax holidays, paid depart, and different typical help might by no means attain many within the leisure group; in truth, direct monetary support stays one hopeful — and maybe finest — answer to changing misplaced earnings and providing some semblance of financial sustainability.

We suggest an analogous profit to the Emergency Paid Leave in Division C of HR 6201, together with emergency unemployment insurance coverage entry, out there to those that can not work as a consequence of a canceled efficiency or a manufacturing shutdown. This fund and expanded unemployment insurance coverage entry and advantages would make sure that lots of of hundreds of households throughout the nation can proceed to pay lease, put meals on the desk, and care for their youngsters throughout this public well being emergency. In addition, we encourage you to be as inclusive as attainable when crafting emergency paid depart, tax credit, and different packages — the distinctive nature of our trade means guidelines that require beneficiaries to have had a single, long-term employer will merely depart our whole workforce behind.

We all look ahead to the tip of this disaster. Certainly, leisure will assist us get via it. But we should deal with the many individuals within the American leisure group who will assist us heal, rebuild, and produce us again collectively, in public and in spirit.

Thank you very a lot.

Sincerely,

Actors’ Equity
Alliance for Recorded Music (ARM)
American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)
American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
Americana Music Association
Artist Rights Alliance (ARA)
ASCAP
The Azoff Company
The Broadway League
California IATSE Council
Christian Music Trade Association (CMTA)
Church Music Publishers Association (CMPA)
Country Music Association (CMA)
Gospel Music Association (GMA)
CreativeFuture
Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE)
Digital Media Association (DiMA)
Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Entertainment Union Coalition
Full Stop Management
Global Music Rights (GMR)
Gospel Music Association
Independent Music Professionals United (IMPU)
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)
Live Nation
Music Artists Coalition (MAC)
Music Business Association (MusicBiz)
Music Managers Forum – US
Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)
National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA)
Paradigm Talent Agency
Recording Academy
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)
SESAC
Songwriters of North America (SONA) SoundExchange
Southern Gospel Music Guild
United Talent Agency (UTA)
William Morris Endeavor (WME) Writers’ Guild of America, East

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