Dave Grohl, Neil Young, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga and More Send Letter to Congress in Support of Independent Venues
Dave Grohl, Neil Young, Billie Eilish and Lady Gaga led a group of artists who asked Congress to send help and respond to the National Independent Venue Association's request for government support.
A total of over 600 musicians and comedians signed the letter.
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“Independent venues give artists entry, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to be closed and the last to be reopened, ”the letter began. “These venues were the first to be closed and the last to be reopened. With zero revenue and overwhelming rents, mortgages, utilities, taxes, and insurance, 90% of independent venues state that if it takes six months and there is no government support, the closure will never reopen. "
"We ask that you support the request from the [National Independent Venue Association] for support so that these popular venues can be reopened when it is safe and to welcome us and our fans again. The breakdown of this crucial element in the ecosystem the music industry would be devastating. " it went on.
In NIVA's plea for funding, the organization says almost all of the country's independent venues will be closed by 2021 (which experts predicted), even if they're at stake for rent, utilities, taxes, insurance, and more.
See the letter below and all the signatures here.
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