2020年90%的獨立場館可能關閉

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  • 2020年90%的獨立場館可能關閉

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    ◎美國國家獨立場地協會(National Independent Venue Association)的最新報告證實,全美業界對獨立場館的未來感到擔憂,如果沒有政府以某種形式出手,這些場館的大多數將在2020年面臨永久性關閉。

    ◎全國獨立場地協會(NIVA)代表著美國50個州的2,000名成員,其90%的成員表示,如果場館關閉持續六個月或更長時間,沒有提供任何政府支援,他們將被迫永久關門。

    ◎NIVA是為應對冠狀病毒爆發而成立的,大流行迫使各地的場館在一夕之間停止營運。數以千計的活動被取消或延後,工作人員被解僱,但經營場所的固定成本(如租金)仍需支付。

    ◎NIVA呼籲國會調整現有的薪資保護計劃,特別是尋求相當於六個月的薪水,福利和固定運營成本,例如租金/貸款,水電,稅金和保險等。該組織還向國會要求貸款減免和稅收抵免,特別是退票機制。

    ◎由150名國會議員組成的兩黨組織,最近向參議院和眾議院領導人致函,表示支持NIVA的要求。

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    A recent grim report from the National Independent Venue Association confirms many industry fears about the future of independent venues that, without some form of government intervention, a majority of these sites could face permanent closure in 2020.
    Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix
    A new report from the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) reinforces the urgent need for government intervention to help save our favorite music concert venues.
    While talking heads continue to debate the severity of COVID-19 and states start reopening various businesses, live music largely remains at a standstill. A few states are allowing performances, including Florida and Texas, but nobody is touring, and all venues are operating at a reduced capacity to meet social distancing guidelines. Not a single music professional can confidently say when live music as we know it will return. That uncertainty is putting the vast majority of independent venues at risk of closing before the year ends.
    The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), which represents 2,000 members in all 50 states, found that 90% of its members say they will be forced to cease operations permanently if the shutdown lasts six months or longer, and there’s no federal support provided.
    For the record, as of this week, the US is already three months into its lockdown period.
    NIVA was formed in response to the coronavirus outbreak, which forced venues everywhere to cease operations overnight. Thousands of events were canceled or postponed and staffs were laid off, but the fixed costs of operating venues (such as rent) continue.
    NIVA is calling on Congress to adjust the existing Paycheck Protection Program so that it caters to the needs of independent venues. Specifically, the NIVA is seeking the equivalent of six months’ worth of payroll, benefits, and fixed operating costs such as rent/mortgage, utilities, taxes, and insurance that still need to be covered, even when venues are not permitted to be open.
    The organization is also asking Congress for loan forgiveness and tax credits specifically related to ticket refunds, employee retention, and safe workplace initiatives, as well as the expansion of the PPP to cover salary and insurance benefits for part-time employees, which make up a large percentage of venue staff.
    A bi-partisan group of 150 members of Congress recently sent letters to Senate and House leaders expressing their support for NIVA’s requests.
    Readers can do their part in supporting NIVA and its members by visiting the organization’s Take Action page. With a few clicks, anyone can easily send a message to our leaders in Washington DC demanding assistance.
    Just a few NIVA members:
    9:30 Club in D.C.
    First Avenue in Minneapolis
    Chicago Independent Venue League
    World Cafe Live in Philadelphia
    Pabst Theater Group in Milwaukee
    Red River Cultural District in Austin
    Exit/In in Nashville.

     

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