Save Our Stages Act just passed as part of the COVID-19 Relief Bill! Thank you for helping to #SaveOurStages! You responded in an overwhelming fashion. NIVA thanks those across the country who sent 2.1 million emails to their elected officials expressing their support for the Save Our Stages Act. All 535 Congresspeople heard from their […]
Thanks to the hard work of the National Independent Venue Association and their allies, it looks like some stimulus relief is finally coming to small venues, theater operators, bars and restaurants. The NIVA effort began with the Save Our Stages Act that authorizes the Small Business Administration (SBA) to make grants to eligible live venue […]
[This post first appeared on MusicTech.Solutions] According to some good news in Fast Company, Universal Music Group has announced that “the first three locations for the music-focused hotel partnership with Dakia U-Ventures are Atlanta, Orlando, and Biloxi, Mississippi.” These locations will be pretty massive music-themed hotels under the UMUSIC hotel brand and at least one casino built […]
We need Congress to implement a nation-wide limitation on liability for live events that are responsibly managed.
When former real estate lawyer and current Austin Mayor Steve Adler cancelled SXSW in February there was one upside. Given his deep experience as a real estate lawyer he would appreciate the vast economic complexities of the sudden contraction of the cash flow to the Live Music Capitol of the World. In fact, Mayor Adler […]
In their first at bat in Washington, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and the National Independent Talent Organization (NITO) have hit a home run. Way to go, sluggers! The two newly-created organizations have gotten two senior Senators to come together to co-sponsor the Save Our Stages Act. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Amy […]
MusicCanada commissioned an outstanding survey by Abacus Data using serious data-driven methodology to credibly measure the Canadian public’s experience with the COVID shut down of live music and expectation for reopening. Instead of glorified “Who’s Hot”-level casual polls you see cropping up here and there, The Locked-Down Blues: Canadians, Live Music and the Pandemic sets the […]
Leading music and film organizations today sent a new letter to leaders of Congress that highlights the ways implementation of the CARES Act has fallen short in assisting workers in need in the entertainment community and requests that these flaws in implementation be remedied in a new CARES Act COVID relief package.
[This post first appeared on MusicTech.Solutions] The Local Culture Card would be a limited purpose debit card that permits the cardholder to purchase goods or services from a designated group of “local arts vendors” who would be artists, retailers or nonprofit arts organizations operating in the locality of the user. It would be like a […]
Senator Thom Tillis is hot on the trail of the Internet Archive’s “National Emergency Library” scam that we have been writing about for weeks. Senator Tillis sent a Tillis-gram letter to Brewster Kahle in the Senator’s role as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property. Fortunately, COVID related price gouging legislation has […]