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Amid COVID-19 shutdowns, US Senate introduces venue relief bill

Posted by Loren on August 19, 2020

Amid COVID-19 shutdowns, US Senate introduces venue relief bill
photo by Loren Green

With the majority of music venues shut down since spring and unable to earn income, the live music industry faces a bleak future. On Tuesday, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer announced he is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation to help provide funding for closed independent music, comedy and theatre venues. In a related statement, The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) said that if the shutdown lasts six months or longer without federal assistance, 90% of its members would be forced to close.

The bill, named The Save Our Stages Act (S. 4258), was introduced by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). Those looking to show support can visit www.saveourstages.com.

Amid COVID-19 shutdowns, US Senate introduces venue relief bill
photo by Loren Green

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