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Rallying in support of the live events community

By DON FOWLER
Posted 9/9/20

By DON FOWLER Hundreds of members of the live events community gathered at the steps of the Dunkin' Donuts Center last week to show their support for federal legislation that would support workers in the arts community. We are all aware of the thousands

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Rallying in support of the live events community

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Hundreds of members of the live events community gathered at the steps of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center last week to show their support for federal legislation that would support workers in the arts community.

We are all aware of the thousands of musicians, actors, artists, dancers and other entertainers who have been out of work in Rhode Island for the past six months. Add to that number the equal number of people who work behind the scenes to make performances happen.

The Red Alert Restart campaign and IATSE Local 23 have been rallying forces, looking for support as part of the #WeMakeEvents hashtag. Specifically, supports have urged passage of the federal “Restart Act” and “Save Our Stages Act.”

Last month over 1,500 buildings were lit red to remind folks of the economic importance that the industry plays.

The union estimates that 96 percent of the arts venues in the United States have cut their staffs and the economic impact is in the millions of dollars.

Locally, the pandemic has had a tremendous impact on staffs

and programs of large organizations like Trinity, PPAC, RIPO, Theatre-by-the-Sea and the Dunk, but has also hit the smaller ones like Gamm, Wilbury, and even the nonprofit community theaters.

Call your representative and congressman and add your support.

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