Offices, homes, theaters, concert halls, stadiums, monuments, public squares, and convention centers were lit up in red lights across the country on September 1. Tagged with #RedAlertRESTART #WeMakeEvents and #ExtendPUA, social media feeds were flooded with photos, videos and pleas for support as the live events industry urges Congress to pass the RESTART Act.
The live events industry employs over 12 million people and contributes over $1 trillion annually to the U.S. economy. In less than 6 months, 95% of live events have been cancelled due to COVID-10, 96% of companies have cut staff and/or wages, and 77% of people in the industry have lost 100% of their income, including 97% of 1099 workers.
Unable to work due to worldwide shutdowns and prohibition of mass gatherings resulting from COVID-19, the live events industry was the first to experience a severe decline in business at the beginning of 2020 and is expected to be the last to recover, without any inclination of when that may be.
It’s imperative that Congress be urged to pass the RESTART Act, continued COVID-19 relief that can provide extended Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and additional PPP funding. We need to encourage Congress to pass this Act NOW to save what we can of an industry that brings so much to everyone.
We miss setting up for live events, endless walks through tradeshow floors, packing trucks, mic checks, dressing in show blacks, catching flights, announcements for show open, and waiting for cases after show close.
We miss seeing our customers, our vendors, and our industry people.
We miss the pure craziness of it all because it’s everything we’ve lived for over 30 years.
Please visit https://hubs.li/H0vpygz0 and write your elected officials to encourage the passing of the RESTART Act. And don’t forget to post a photo of a live event or venue you miss and tag #RedAlertRESTART #WeMakeEvents and #ExtendPUA