All-Star Lineup Set to Play Save Our Stages Virtual Fundraiser October 16-18
With time running out for music venues on the verge of collapse due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the world’s biggest artists, including the Foo Fighters, The Roots, Brittany Howard, Dave Matthews and many more, are set to play the Save Our Stages Festival October 16-18 in support of The National Independent Venue Association’s (NIVA) fundraising initiatives. Hosted by Reggie Watts, the three-day virtual event will stream live on NIVA’s official YouTube channel with portions airing simultaneously on the performers’ YouTube channels.
#Save Our Stages will feature 35 artists recorded live from 25 independent concert venues across the country, including iconic concert halls such as the Apollo Theater, 9:30 Club, Tipitina’s, Ryman Auditorium, Crystal Ballroom, Whiskey A Go Go, Preservation Hall and more. Miley Cyrus, The Black Pumas, Portugal. The Man, The Lumineers, The Revivalists, and Macklemore will be among those helping to raise money for the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund, which provides assistance to shuttered businesses.
NIVA, which represents 2,000 venues in all 50 states, also couples its fundraising efforts with lobbying Congress to pass the Save Our Stages Act. Provisions from the statute were included in the most recent Heroes Act, which is among several COVID-19 relief bills currently in doubt due to precarious negotiations between Congress and The White House. The bill would provide desperately needed grants for independent venues, promoters, producers and talent representatives.
Without aid, NIVA estimates that up to 90% of live music venues could close permanently within a matter of months. Fans can help by making a donation, and, just as importantly, contact their representatives to urge them to support the Save Our Stages Act and the Heroes Act. For more information and how to donate, click on the links below.
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