Nightclubs and music venues are facing “certain collapse” without aid, a new release from a trade association says.

Representing nearly 2,000 members in all 50 states, the National Independent Venue Association is urging Congress to take “quick and specific action” to address the financial crisis in the sector, which was among the first to close and will be the last to open in the American economy:

Since the shutdown, NIVA members––entrepreneurs who have invested in their businesses and communities with their own lines of credit, loans and personal guarantees––have had no revenue yet all of the fixed expenses keep coming, already driving some out of business. When surveyed, 90% of NIVA members said they will be forced to shutter forever if the shutdown lasts six months or longer and there’s no federal support.

 

More than 600 artists have signed a letter to Congress urging legislators to provide “urgent financial support for independent venues and promoters in the US, which are in grave peril due to the pandemic.” The artists include Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, Billy Joel, Earth Wind & Fire, Wyclef Jean and Bon Iver.

NIVA is urging citizens to write in support of Senate Bill 3814/House Resolution 7481, the RESTART Act, introduced by Senators Young and Bennet in the Senate and Representatives Golden and Kelly in the House which would ensure the survival of independent venues across the nation.

NIVA has a form where you can contact your representatives about this right here.