With the music industry going through the worst phase, bands losing millions and career-ending, everyone is worried about the future.
Musicians have come out in support of the independent venues that will soon shut down if no action is taken.
Along with Neil Young, Ozzy Osbourne, Graham Nash, Billy Joel, David Byrne, Robert Plant, Alice Cooper and Dave Grohl joined a large contingency of musicians who are calling on the U.S. government to offer financial aid to independent music venues under threat of closure during the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s what the letter said:
“We will know America is ‘back’ when our music venues are filled with fans enjoying concerts safely. 53 percent of Americans – that’s 172 million of us – attended a concert last year.”
The letter continued:
“We urge you to remember we are the nation that gave the world jazz, country, rock ’n’ roll, bluegrass, hip hop, metal, blues, and R&B. … All of these genres of music, and the artists behind them, were able to thrive because they had neighborhood independent venues to play in and hone their craft, build an audience, and grow into the entertainers that bring joy to millions. Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on.”
“We are asking you to support NIVA’s request for assistance so these beloved venues can reopen when it’s safe and welcome us and our fans back in.”
“The collapse of this crucial element in the music industry’s ecosystem would be devastating. Independent venues are asking for an investment to secure their future, not a handout. … With respect and solidarity, we, as artists and as community members ourselves, urge you to pass federal legislation that will help #SaveOurStages.”