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Update: The Live Industry Goes On Red Alert

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Update: The Live Industry Goes On Red Alert

By: Francisco Rendon

Update (9/2)More than 1,500 live event venues and businesses around the U.S. took collective action Sept. 1 to illuminate their buildings in red, signifying that the live event and entertainment industry is on “red alert” and in desperate need of federal aid. 
The event was organized to rally congressional support for the RESTART Act, which contains language that would provide direct relief for thousands of small businesses in the live entertainment sector. 

The movement drew support from figures like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who wrote: “As the entertainment capital of the world, the economic impact here in Los Angeles is exceptionally severe. Unless bold measures are taken, there will be far-reaching consequences on our local workforce and economy. We urge you to pass this bill (the RESTART Act) to keep businesses and jobs within the live events industry alive during these challenging times.”
To advocate for federal relief for the live entertainment industry the National Association of Music Merchants, which was partnered with the event, recommends contacting local representatives through this link.


Nissan StadiumNashville Stadium in Nashville is lit in red for the Red Alert Day of Action Sept. 1.

Fox TheatreThe Fox Theatre in Redwood City, Calif., lit in red for the Red Alert Day Of Action Sept. 1.


Marathon Music WorksMarathon Music Works in Nashville is lit in red for the Red Alert Day of Action Sep. 1.

Lucas Oil StadiumLucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is lit in red for the Red Alert Day of Action Sept. 1. 

The RooseveltThe Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles is illuminated in red for the Red Alert Day of Action Sept. 1.


PSSL ProSound And Stage Lighting in Westminster, Calif., illuminated in red for the Red Alert Day of Action.Red Alert


Original Story (9/1)As Congress prepares to return to session after the traditional August recess, venues and businesses across the country are tonight lighting their buildings red to show that they are on “red alert” and in urgent need of federal relief. 

The event will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight local time across the U.S. Live industry professionals seeking to participate in the Red Alert Day Of Action can contact #WeMakeEvents at WeMakeEventsNorthAmerica@Gmail.com.
The event is being organized by the North American arm of the U.K.-born #WeMakeEvents, which organized an event in the U.K. in August which saw 700 buildings lit in red. More than 1,500 locations are expected to participate in the North American day of action and it has been co-sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants.
“The live event industry in North America directly employs more than 12 million people and includes hundreds of thousands of businesses with a combined economic impact of over $1 trillion USD,” organizers wrote in a statement. “This likely includes someone you know, are close to, or it may even include you. If WE do not receive government assistance the live events industry will literally collapse, including all of the people involved.”
You can get the latest information about the Red Alert Day of Action through the #WeMakeEvents North America Facebook page
Sources previously told Pollstar that while negotiations have been ongoing between Republican and Democrat leaders behind closed doors, political posturing and gamesmanship have dominated discussions thus far, and the two parties remain in disagreement primarily over how much money should be provided by the federal government to state and local governments affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is expected that any aid package from Congress will contain language from a number of previously proposed bills, and the live industry has rallied around the language and ideas contained in the RESTART Act, the Save Our Stages Act and the Encores Act as legislation that would greatly help the live entertainment industry. 

Senator Todd Young (R-IN ), one of the authors of the RESTART Act, recently met with production specialist Tyler Truss in Indiana.Senator YoungSenator Todd Young (R-IN) visits Tyler Truss Systems in Pendelton, Ind., on Aug. 26 to discuss the plight of the live event industry.
Audrey Fix Shaefer, spokesperson for the National Independent Venue Association and a number of Washington, D.C. venues wrote in Pollstar in August that unless federal assistance was provided promptly there was potential that thousands of independent venues across the country would soon fold.

“We have absolutely no revenue, yet enormous fixed overhead of rent, utilities, insurance and a host of taxes. In addition, we’re paying premiums for our employees that were on our insurance, even those 95% of whom we’ve been forced to furlough.” Shaefer wrote. “We have negative revenue. That’s when you have no revenue but have to cancel or postpone 222 shows (so far), representing refunds of up to a quarter-of-a-million tickets. It’s like a vacuum cleaner to your bank account. We cannot last like this.”
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To advocate for federal relief for the live entertainment industry NAMM recommends contacting local representatives through this link.

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