Places Closing Throughout America: An Updating List (And Why It Matters) – Billboard

18September 2020

Independent music places throughout the United States remain in dire straits as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep their doors shuttered. Given that March, these organizations have struggled without income and inadequate federal government help, while rent and insurance payments have actually still been due. As a result, a growing variety of independent places have been required to shutter completely.

The National Independent Venues Association, a new trade group that formed in April in response to the pandemic, says that 9 out of 10 of its nearly 3,000 members will close their businesses by October without meaningful monetary support from the federal government. The Save Our Phases Act– introduced in July to the Senate by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and to your home by Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Roger Williams (R-TX-25)– would establish a $10 billion grant program to offer a minimum of six months of financial backing to keep locations afloat, pay workers and maintain a vital economic sector for neighborhoods across America. The company is still pushing for this legislation, however ever since– with Congress stuck in partisan gridlock over a brand-new relief plan– there has been little progress in getting it through.

“Our members anticipated resolution in July and have held out past their breaking points borrowing or scraping together anything they could up until Congress decides, but there is no more to go,” Dayna Frank, president of NIVA and CEO of First Avenue Productions in Minneapolis, said in a statement previously this month. “Businesses will be closed, and homes will be lost if Congress doesn’t take instant action. We require action now.”

Echoing Frank’s concerns are independent place owners like Steven Severin, who says music venues can not be easily changed once they disappear due to the gentrification and the increasing expense of lease in communities these locations have assisted raise to cultural epicenters.

“Music locations that are around begun in the neighborhoods that were less than preferable, because you had to have cheap rent to be able to have that much space,” Severin, a co-owner of Neumos in Seattle informs Billboard. “As time goes on, they become better and now, Neumos for example, remains in an entertainment district. It utilized to be Vehicle Row. It’s not going to be brand-new music venues that are available in, it’s going to be apartments.”

While Severin is hoping Congress will devote to supporting places like his, in the meantime he and other venues in Seattle have actually been lobbying local and state government for financial support with some positive outcomes. King County, where Seattle lies, offered $750,000 to independent music places in August. But Severin says it won’t suffice to keep business open for the long term and they are looking for additional support from the state of Washington. Similar lobbying efforts have actually occurred in Austin, Portland and Nashville, where the city board recently offered $2 million in federal CARES Act money to the Music Location Alliance Nashville.

Performance venues are not only cultural centers, however also significant financial chauffeurs for their regional neighborhoods. In 2019, the regional trade group Music Place Alliance Nashville says its 16 members paid $576,000 in liquor taxes, $1.2 million in sales tax and $5.2 million to more than 46,000 local and going to entertainers for 5,600 shows that produced $6.1 million in ticket sales. And, similar to Neumos, they’re well proven to help change areas, draw in brand-new homeowners and add to tourist, while holding substantial accounts with food and beverage suppliers and regional lighting, noise and event specialists.

For example, Severin says Neumos offers the most Pabst Blue Ribbon in the entire state of Washington and has for the previous years. “The impact that I think of is the farmer that is making the hops isn’t going to be able to sell as much hops as they did at one point due to the fact that of all the cases that we sell a year,” he states. “Then there is every step in between that, which is simply beer. If we disappear, if music venues disappear across the country, it is going to have an enormous causal sequence. We are currently seeing it. Everyone is touched by this disaster.”

Austen Bailey, talent purchaser for Mohawk in Austin and member of Music Location Alliance – Austin, says even in a city that calls itself the nation’s “live music capital,” music places still require to lay out their financial value to government authorities. “The more arranged and merged venues are about informing the story of the $23.4 billion in financial activity that the music service in Texas produces while using 200,000-plus people and generating $390 million in tax earnings, the much better,” he says.

Despite the fact that the Save Our Phases has actually already been co-sponsored by more than 140 senators and agents, independent locations throughout the nation are still desperately waiting for federal support. On the other hand, the scenario is intensifying, as many generate growing debt simply to survive, in hopes they might continue their life’s work beyond the pandemic.

To help record the endangerment of independent music locations across the nation, Billboard has compiled a partial list of locations that have been forced to close throughout the pandemic. We will continue to update the list as we end up being mindful of extra closures. Please connect to touring@billboard.com!.?.! with details about closed venues not yet listed. Partial List of Completely Closed Locations Alabama Tangled String Studios in Huntsville Arizona The Greenroom in Flagstaff ChicagoBar in Tucson California

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Slim’s in San Francisco

  • The Graduate in San Luis Obispo Colorado
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    • Jack’s in Denver Le Cour Denver’s
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      Mothlight in West Asheville THE

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Cleveland Pennsylvania

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  • Coffee shop in Nashville Songbirds in Chattanooga Texas Lizard Lounge in Dallas
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