Dave Grohl, Neil Young, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga are part of a number of artists who have signed a letter that urging Congress to send aid and to answer the National Independent Venue Association’s request for government assistance and to stop them closing their doors for good.
Overall, over 600 musicians, comedians and people from the arts have signed the letter following the venues revealing that they are hanging on by a thread following the pandemic and will need assistance if they are to re-open.
“Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen,” the letter began. “These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 90% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again.”
Adding: “We are asking you to support [National Independent Venue Association’s] request for assistance so these beloved venues can reopen when it’s safe and welcome us and our fans back in. The collapse of this crucial element in the music industry’s ecosystem would be devastating,” it continued.
Other names who have signed the letter include Jerry Seinfeld, Coldplay, Cher, Bon Iver, David Byrne, Vampire Weekend, Robert Plant, Joan Baez, Ozzy Osbourne, Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell and many more.
See the full statement, below.