Industry Leaders Call on Senate to Offer Event Professionals COVID-19 Relief

- Effort also calls on live event businesses and professionals to contact their Senators -

July 16, 2020

In a letter delivered earlier today, the NAMM Executive Committee and Michael T. Strickland, CEO of Bandit Lites, expressed urgency for COVID-19 business relief for the challenges facing the live event industry. The letter, delivered to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, urged the inclusion of targeted relief for the industry as Congress considers additional coronavirus relief measures this month.

The letter underscores the financial impact facing live event venues and related professions that have been devastated in attempts to mitigate the spread of the virus. A study from PLSN magazine indicates that 77% of professionals in the space have lost 100% of their income; 96% of companies have cut their staff; and 97% of independent contractors (1099) have lost their jobs.

It also underscores the importance of events as a place to build community: “Events, both commercial and nonprofit, are central to our individual and collective identity. Live performance venues and the artists and workers in the industry are the lifeblood of the cultural and social identity of our neighborhoods.” Read the letter here: https://www.namm.org/sites/www.namm.org/files_public/resources/NAMMDCLiveEventRelief1.pdf

NAMM encourages live event businesses and professionals to add their voice in support of relief by contacting their Senator no later than next week to urge the Senate to provide targeted COVID-19 business relief for live event businesses and individual professionals. A letter template and list of Representative contacts are available here: https://www.namm.org/issues-and-advocacy/covid-19-update/live-event-professionals-contact-your-senators-now

Since March, NAMM has advocated for all facets of the industry for COVID-19 business relief and in conjunction with this, offered a series of webinars, tools and other resources to support COVID-19 recovery. View those resources here: https://www.namm.org/issues-and-advocacy/covid-19-updates-and-resources-business

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit www.namm.org, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.