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NYIVA seeks funding for NYC independent venues

Posted Dec. 20, 2020, 5:10 p.m. in Music News by Loren
NYIVA seeks funding for NYC independent venues

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With independent music venues facing economic challenges related to widespread shutdowns, various organizations are working to find relief to sustain those businesses through the pandemic. The New York Independent Venue Association has opened a campaign that the state of New York designate funding toward the industry before the 2020 calendar year ends.


In a statement, NYIVA notes that New York has unallocated money from the Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) it received from the March 30, 2020 CARES Act that expire at year end.


"In NYC alone, live music venues support 25,500 jobs, $722.8 million in wages, and $2.2 billion in economic output with another $400 to $500 million in tourism dollars that can be attributed solely to attending music-related events," the organization notes.
 
Shuttered through no fault of their own and unable to reopen until it is safe to do so, independent venues in New York are projected to have accrued more than $135 million in collective debt since the pandemic began. While the Save Our Stages Act has strong bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress, a federal relief package has yet to materialize.
 
These small businesses, which serve as financial  and cultural drivers in communities throughout the Empire State, are hanging on by a thread. For every $1 ​spent on a ticket at small venues, a total of ​$12 in economic activity is generated, so the economic renewal is also at risk should these venues shutter forever.
 
“Our members will not survive without help. I am grateful to Senator Schumer advocating for the Save Our Stages Act but we cannot keep waiting for federal aid. We need the state and local government to recognize that we are an industry that brings value to our state and communities. Every independent venue in New York is in danger of going under at this point, and other states are finding a way,” says New York Independent Venue Association (NYIVA) Co-Chair Jen Lyon.
 
NY independent venues are looking for a mere 1.5% ($75 million) of the state CRF allocation to save New York’s music and comedy clubs in order to stay afloat until a national aid package is passed.


Additional information and a petition can be found at www.nyiva.org.

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