Independent Venue Week proudly supports the nationwide initiative to #SaveOurStages. As COVID-19 reached the US, Independent Venue Week assembled its community of independent venues and promoters to communicate in the face of this unprecedented crisis. Independent Venue Week hosted weekly virtual Town Halls, which led to the creation of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA). In a matter of weeks, NIVA launched the #SaveOurStages campaign that has since become a nationwide movement, covered by the mainstream media and endorsed by some of the most iconic artists of our time.
Venues were the first to close, and they will be among the last to reopen, feeling the economic wallop of COVID-19 more so than most other businesses. The situation is particularly dire for independent venues that, without immediate funding, are set to see 90% of their ranks permanently close in the next six months.
Independent Venue Week unequivocally supports NIVA and the movement to #SaveOurStages and encourages everyone to do so as well. Want to take action? Tell your local legislature to save its independent music venues—make your voice heard by filling out the form HERE.