A group led by several talent agencies, major concert promoters and trade unions have launched their own advocacy efforts to petition the government for relief for the more than 12 million live event workers across the U.S. who are out of work due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Calling themselves #SaveLiveEventsNow, the group consists of nearly 30 companies and organizations. It includes labor unions such as the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists; concert and tour promoters and venue operators AEG Presents, Feld Entertainment, Live Nation Entertainment and Oak View Group; talent agencies CAA, Endeavor, Paradigm, UTA and WME; and other companies and organizations including the Recording Industry Association of America, Music Artists Coalition, Rhino, TAIT and Universal Music Group.
"I miss touring more than anything – the feeling you get when you walk out on stage created by the energy of a sold out show is one that can’t be replicated. My tour with the Backstreet Boys was one of the many impacted this year and there are so many people who were expecting to work on it who suddenly lost their jobs because of the shutdown," says touring artist and Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter. "My heart aches for them but that’s not enough – we need to help in a meaningful way. We need Congress to help in a meaningful way. Save Live Events Now is bringing the industry together at a time when we need it most and I’m proud to support their efforts to get relief for live industry workers.”