More than 800 independent concert venues have formed the National Independent Venue Association to aid workers and request support for their futures as they have been hit hard from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The group was formed in early April to address concerns for their staffs’ livelihoods as their businesses became shut down from the concern of spreading COVID-19. Illustrious venues such as The Troubadour in Los Angeles and Hammerstein Ballroom in New York are among hundreds of others throughout the United States seeking relief from Congress.
The letter addresses key concerns for venues to remain open after the pandemic is over and offers statements regarding the cultural and profound impact they have within their communities. Without these venues, there is a possibility that an unknown artist destined for stardom may never have that opportunity to showcase their talents.
NIVA explains their economic impact on the community by stating in their letter, “In New York City alone, our ancillary impact is more than $500 million. While we are small businesses, the estimated direct annual impact we bring to our local communities is nearly $10 billion.”
Independent concert venues are a staple in every community they are a part of and provide musicians with much-needed opportunities to further advance their careers. If you are a California resident, please email Senators Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris to extend your support for the National Independent Venue Association.
Email Senator Diane Feinstein: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me.
Email Senator Kamala Harris:
If you are interested in reading the National Independent Venue Association’s letter to congressional leadership, there is a link provided below.
Link to the National Independent Venue Association’s letter to congressional leadership: