Something to think about
I don't know if the public really understands how terrible the situation is for millions of hard working professionals.
Legendary New York Metropolitan Opera has just announced its closure until September 2021. Their musicians, choirs, stage techs, etc... have been without pay since last April! Broadway is closed until 2021, 6 West End venues THINK they can open right now. Cirque du Soleil goes bankrupt and cuts over 3500 jobs. Feld Entertainment has permanently fired 90 % of his workforce.
Live Nation had to lay off a large number of employees. Cruise boat artists are unemployed and amusement park productions have no idea when they will be rehired. There are no concerts, festivals or tours scheduled until 2021 and if they don't perform next year they may never happen again. No Jazz Festival, no Coachella, no Bonnaroo, no EDC, no Glastonbury, no tours, no ballet, no opera.... it's all gone.
It is predicted that 90 % of independent music rooms could close if this continues. Artistic and musical organizations of all kinds - choirs, theaters, orchestras, dance companies, festivals, music rooms, not to mention all technical and independent suppliers - all are trying to find alternatives to succeed in working.
Over 12,000,000 people work in entertainment production, we are not insignificant and this industry can't reopen until mass gatherings are allowed. This doesn't include the additional dismissal of techs and openers, maintenance staff for bar rooms and staff, safety and thousands of vendors. So when you see your entertainment friends begging you to wear masks and stay home, understand that we are watching, helplessly, our industry collapse before our eyes because not enough people care about taking the necessary means to reduce the spread. This is personal to us, our whole livelihood depends on social solidarity and we will not accept to be labeled ' non essential s'.
Music and Arts are necessary for a happy and balanced society.
Everyone's career and industry is indefinitely pending. PLEASE wear your mask (on your mouth AND nose) and wash your hands.
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