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.