Formed at the onset of the Covid-19 shutdown, the National Independent Venue
Association (NIVA), now has nearly 2,000 members in all 50 states and Washington,
D.C. These independent venues and promoters were the first to close and will be the
last to fully reopen. They are at real risk of closing permanently if Congress does not
take quick and specific action to address the unique circumstances of this still-shuttered
component of the small business sector, which normally fuels substantial economic
growth for the communities they serve.
From the artists:
Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 90% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again.
Around the country, music venues are hurting from the COVID-19 shutdowns, and there is seemingly no relief in sight. Many are shuttering their doors for good, and this could be the truth for your favorite local venues as well. The National Independent Venue Association is asking for your help to keep these establishments alive. CLICK HERE to find out how you can help.