From stages and venues to musicians and performers and most importantly the 12 million people who are working behind the scenes to bring shows to life, there is a massive ecosystem that has been brought to a halt without any shows currently taking place. Saving our stages is one component of what our industry needs. We also need to save the people who power live events so that they can bring music, theater, comedy and all kinds of culture back when the show can go on once again.
Millions of workers across our industry have been out of work since the pandemic put live events on pause in March, and will continue to be out of work for many months to come.
The numbers speak for themselves:
95% of all events in 2020 have been cancelled
97% of contract workers in live events have lost their income
77% of people in the live events industry have lost 100% of their income
70-80% reduction in staff and crew due to pause in live events
62% of American artists across all disciplines are now unemployed
Tell Congress to keep them top of mind for aid and help spread the word for support across the industry.
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Thank you to all the organizations and companies choosing to
#SaveLiveEventsNow and join our cause, including:
“Staging an event is no easy task, and these specialized workers have honed their craft over decades. If we abandon them at this critical time, our music, theater, and live entertainment may never recover”
– Tyler McIntosh, Political/Legislative Director, IATSE
“Live entertainment and in-person experiences play vital roles in stimulating our culture, communities, and local economies and venues are the centers that host and make that possible. Many venues are publicly owned because our society has recognized the important role they play, and now we need to extend that same acknowledgement to the millions of workers who are just as critical to the future of events”
– Brad Mayne, CVE – CEO, International Association of Venue Managers
“I miss touring more than anything – the feeling you get when you walk out on stage created by the energy of a sold out show is one that can’t be replicated. My tour with the Backstreet Boys was one of the many impacted this year and there are so many people who were expecting to work on it who suddenly lost their jobs because of the shutdown. My heart aches for them but that’s not enough – we need to help in a meaningful way. We need Congress to help in a meaningful way. Save Live Events Now is bringing the industry together at a time when we need it most and I’m proud to support their efforts to get relief for live industry workers.”
– Nick Carter, Backstreet Boys