Live music venues have been some of the hardest hit businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They were the first to close - and will be one of the last to re-open. It has been predicted that nearly 90% of these venues will not be able to rebound from the closure. Let that sink in ....
But there are attempts being made to help these venues make it through ... The National Independent Venue Association, or NIVA, has launched the ‘Save Our Stages' campaign aimed at providing aid to independent venues, festivals and promoters across the country.
To support the initiative - NIVA is asking fans of live music to urge their legislators to support and cosponsor S. 3814/H.R. 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, festivals and promoters across the nation.
NIVA has made it simple to show your support - you can click HERE to add your information to a form letter that will automatically be sent to your representatives. It just takes 30 seconds to help save some of our favorite venues that have no idea when they will reopen.
DMV Members of NIVA include:
49 West Coffeehouse (Annapolis)
9:30 Club (Washington DC)
Baltimore Soundstage (Baltimore)
Black Cat (Washington DC)
Blues Alley (Washington DC)
Bottle & Cork (Dewey Beach)
Bravo Bravo (Washington DC)
City Winery (Washington DC)
DC9 Nightclub (Washington DC)
Dupont Underground (Washington DC)
Eighteenth Street Lounge (Washington DC)
Freeman Stage (Selbyville)
Howard Theatre (Washington DC)
Lincoln Theatre (Washington DC)
Merriweather Post Pavilion (Columbia)
Metro Gallery (Baltimore)
Pearl Street Warehouse (Washington DC)
Pie Shop (Washington DC)
Rams Head Onstage (Annapolis)
Songbyrd Music House (Washington DC)
The 8x10 (Baltimore)
The Anthem (Washington DC)
The Hamilton Live (Washington DC)
The Sidebar (Baltimore)
U Street Music Hall (Washington DC)
Union Stage (Washington DC)
Upfront Inc (Baltimore)