Include the Arts in COVID Relief

Over the past few weeks I’ve spoken to theatre managers, artistic directors, production coordinators, and theatrical equipment manufacturers.  No one knows how they’re going to get through this.  When will theatres be permitted to reopen?  How long before audiences are comfortable returning to the theatre?  How long can arts organizations continue without income?  What’s going to happen to corporate, governmental and individual support if theatre companies aren’t presenting to the public?  When will theater companies have the money to renovate, expand or buy new equipment?

So far 501(c)(3) organizations have been excluded from the COVID Relief.  The Paycheck Protection Program only applies to 501(c)(3) organizations with 500 employees or more.  I doubt if even Lincoln Center or the Kennedy Center have that many.  The Emergency Injury Disaster Loan doesn’t include 501(c)(3) groups.

This is a terrifying time for artists and arts organizations, and if they’re going t exist after this crisis is over they need support.  

Sign the Petitions, Please!
Covid-19 Federal Aid Package for the Live Events Industry  is gaining momentum. It deals with issues from health insurance to business stabilization. This is a petition for us to support. 

Tell Congress to include displaced entertainment workers in relief package  
“Entertainment workers shouldn’t be collateral damage in the fight against COVID-19.”  Speak up for them!  This petition is sponsored by IATSE, The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

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