#SaveLiveEventsNow

From stage and venue workers to musicians and performers and, most importantly, the millions of people who are working behind the scenes to bring shows to life, there is a massive ecosystem that has been brought to a halt since the pandemic put live events on pause around the world. The vast majority of U.S. workers in the live events industry still have not received meaningful financial support from the federal government. These people were some of the first to stop working when the pandemic hit and will certainly be the last to return to work when live events can safely return. We 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. 

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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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OUR PARTNERS

Thank you to all the organizations and companies choosing to
#SaveLiveEventsNow and join our cause, including:

Slide Ron Laffitte, CEO,
Patriot Management
“Everyone employed in this industry is hurting, whether they work in the small towns or big cities, whether they work in independent venues or the biggest arenas — no one has been immune.”
Slide U.S. Senator
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
“But this sector of the industry does not benefit from what will be passed in Save Our Stages… They go through and check the equipment that is sitting in the warehouses, waiting for the lights to go back on the stages, so they can gear back up. Right now, there is no avenue for them… These folks that support live events did nothing wrong. They did not cause this. But when the pandemic hit, when the economy got shut down, they went from running wide open to a dead stop overnight.”
Slide U.S. Senator
Roger Wicker (R-MS)
“This whole shutdown has been devastating for performing artists and the venues that host their shows. But a lot of the entertainment industry also supports an entire ecosystem of businesses including lighting technicians, food vendors, transportation providers, and many other businesses themselves and many more average American workers.”
Slide U.S. Senator
Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
“I think we need, for the sake of the employees of these great institutions, for the sake of the economic institutions that depend on them, whether they are small businesses like retailers or restaurants that depend on people coming downtown, they are great sources of economic driving impetus as well as cultural heritage.”
Slide Michael Strickland,
Owner of Bandit Lites
“The smaller companies and what we now call the gig workers, those people have already shifted out of this space and they are now working at Amazon or somewhere else. They have left the industries they loved, some never to return. We anticipate 20 to 30 percent will never return to the space. Some of the smaller companies have shuttered and folded and lost all of their assets through auction and of course that money does not go to them. So, I wish I could give you a story of happiness and how people have been able to survive, but the simple truth is no one is surviving, they are failing daily. And, we are not at the edge of the cliff, we have gone over the cliff and… most of our industry is hanging on by a thread.”
Slide Tyler McIntosh,
Legislative Director, IATSE
“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”
Slide Brad Mayne, CEO,
IAVM
“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”
Slide Nick Carter,
Backstreet Boys
“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.”

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