Independent live music and entertainment venues have been hard-hit during the coronavirus pandemic, with 90 percent of venue owners, promoters, and bookers reporting they are at risk of closing permanently without additional financial assistance. If ticket sales do not resume until 2021, the industry will have lost an estimated $9 billion in ticket sales alone.
The Save Our Stages Act: • Establishes a $10 billion grant program for live venue operators, promoters, producers and talent representatives • Directs the Small Business Administrator to make grants to eligible recipients equal to the lesser of either 45% of gross revenue from 2019 or $12 million • Allows the Small Business Administrator to issue supplemental grants in the future if funding remains available and applicants can demonstrate continued need • Permits recipients to use grants for costs incurred during the COVID pandemic • Permits recipients to use grants for rent, utilities, mortgage obligations, PPE procurement, payments to contractors, regular maintenance, administrative costs, taxes, operating leases, and capital expenditures related to meeting state, local, or federal social distancing guidelines • The Save Our Stages Act is endorsed by (NIVA) and the National Independent Talent Organization (NITO).
Contact your Senators and Representatives and let them know you support the Save Our Stages Act.
About NIVA: Formed at the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), now represents more than 2,000 members in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. These independent venues and promoters were the first to close and will be the last to fully reopen. NIVA’s mission is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live music venues, promoters and festivals throughout the United States.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put movie theaters across the country at risk of going dark for good. From small independent screens to nationwide exhibitors, our local theaters employ over 150,000 people and have formed a cornerstone of the American experience for generations. Without swift action from Congress, our favorite movie theaters could close forever, depriving audiences of the magic of movies for years to come.
About NATO: NATO is the largest trade association in the world for movie theater owners. It serves the business, legislative, media and technology interests of theater owners in the United States and around the world. NATO represents all of the largest circuits in North America, as well as hundreds of independent and international members. Representing more than 68,000 screens in 100 countries.