#WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART to Light 1,500 Buildings in Red on Tuesday, Sept. 1
#WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART and #ExtendPUA represent a major call to action on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, imploring the US Congress to pass the RESTART Act (S.3814) as quickly as possible, offering economic relief to the Live Events Industry, which has been shuttered since March 2020, putting millions of people out of work. Additionally, the movement is to support ExtendPUA.org in their efforts toward the continuation and extension of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to provide relief to those without work due to COVID-19.
On September 1, buildings, structures, and residences—including the Hilbert Circle Theatre—will be lit in red from 9 p.m. to midnight as the event rolls across North America. The goal to raise public awareness that the Live Events Industry is on Red Alert for its very survival, and create congressional pressure to act now.
#BeAnArtsHero, a grassroots coalition of arts and cultural workers, reports:
“The Arts & Culture sector employs 5.1 million people and provides $877 billion value added to the U.S. economy. It adds more value to the economy than transportation, agriculture, or tourism. The Arts & Culture sector is a cornerstone of the larger U.S. economy, making up 4.5% of GDP. Despite their out-sized cultural and economic contribution, the Arts & Culture sector of the U.S. economy is in grave danger.
Due to Covid-19, 62% of Arts Workers report that they are fully unemployed. 94% of Arts workers report income loss; to date, the average Arts worker reports $23,500 in lost revenue this year. Due to Covid, 66% of Arts workers report they are unable to access the spaces, staff, resources, or supplies needed to perform their work.
According to the Brookings Institute economic report Lost Art: Measuring COVID-19’s Devastating Impact on America’s Creative Economy, they estimate a loss of “ 2.7 million jobs and more than $150 billion in sales of goods and services for creative industries nationwide, representing nearly a third of all jobs in those industries and 9% of annual sales. The fine and performing arts industries will be hit hardest, suffering estimated losses of almost 1.4 million jobs and $42.5 billion in sales. These estimated losses represent 50% of all jobs in those industries and more than a quarter of all lost sales nationwide.”
Since March 2020:
○ Thousands of events have been cancelled
○ 77% of the people in our industry have lost 100% of their income
○ 96% of companies have cut staff
○ 97% of 1099 workers have lost their jobs
● Businesses are failing under a lack of income and economic pressure.
● The supply chain has been COMPLETELY devastated under the
weight of cancellations and unknown futures.
What you can do to help!
#RedAlertRESTART will only jump-start relief for the live events industry with mass participation. We need industry workers, venues, fans, and artists to all unite for the cause of saving the places we love, including Hilbert Circle Theatre.
Please contact your representatives by using this search tool.
Please post a red-tinted photo of your favorite live event to your social media with the following caption: #RedAlertRESTART: the live events we love may never recover from the pandemic, and we need to take action! Take 2 minutes to contact your representatives and post a red photo of you at your favorite event, too: https://wemakeevents.org #WeMakeEvents #ExtendPUA You can turn your photo red here: https://www11.lunapic.com/editor/?action=tint
Check out the hashtag #RedAlertRESTART and share/RT images of venues and live events workers you love.
Send a letter to congress to save live events workers and the industry!
About The Legislation:
Several bills are floating through both houses. The RESTART Act (S. 3814/H.R. 7481), led by senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) in the Senate and representatives Jared Golden (D-ME) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) in the House, fills in some gaps left by the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) in order to provide much needed relief for industries whose expenses far exceed the payroll restrictions put in place by PPP. The HEROES Act (H.R. 6800) and the HEALS ACT (S.1624) differ in their approach to address the expansion of the CARES Act provisions. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) was a CARES Act provision to provide additional funding for those on Unemployment Insurance (UI) in the form of $600/week. It expired at the end of July.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), also part of the CARES Act, expands UI coverage to include those who are not usually eligible for regular UI benefits. This includes freelancers, self-employed workers, and independent contractors.