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Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (29 April)


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A group of concert promoters, venues and show producers are calling for the US Congress to expand its coronavirus relief packages to businesses in the live sector. Billboard has a copy of their request, which claims that “without immediate financial assistance, the future of the public entertainment and event industry is in question”. Live Nation and AEG are among the signatories. This may not be scaremongering: a poll conducted by Reuters and Ipsos found that only around four in ten Americans plan to go to concerts, sports matches, movies and other public events before a Covid-19 vaccine is available. Sorry, that’s not very positive news…

Here’s some from the UK though: the PRS Emergency Relief Fund has raised more than £2.1m for songwriters and composers, paying out to more than 3,000 of them so far. “We have seen first-hand the difference the PRS Emergency Relief Fund has made and I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has donated so far,” said Andrea Martin, CEO of PRS for Music.

Finally, some proof that people will support their local venues at this time: the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth launched a crowdfunding campaign yesterday to raise £12k to avoid permanent closure. Within 12 hours, it had hit its target.

Stuart Dredge

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