An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Plea on behalf of the music industry in St. Louis

7 so far! Let’s get to 10 signers!

My husband is a musician. This industry employs between 10 and 12 million people and generates well over 300 billion dollars in revenue. Between March 11th and March 13th of this year, our entire industry has been shut down and it appears to us that NO ONE IS PAYING ATTENTION! At this point we are going to have to be visible! I suppose many people just assume a band owns all the equipment you see at an event, but that is very seldom the case. All the equipment you see at a concert is typically owned by third party suppliers that have vast amounts of capitol tied up in inventory, personnel, training, research/development, liability insurance and warehouse/office space. Companies have closed, people have been laid-off or let go permanently, private contractors have lost everything. We cannot sell our companies nor can we sell off our assets as there is little to no value in either currently. This industry desperately needs help from our elected officials. is this simple: we need either additional grant money and unemployment or we need to open up and get back to work.

First sent on September 2, 2020 by Kimberly

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