What will it take to make Congress act on the arts?main
Charlotte Lee of Primo Artists has been lobbying tirelessly to get the US Congress to help musicians and music agencies that have been left without income for the past four months. It looks like the message is getting though, but it needs a further push.
Here’s what she’s saying right now:
I’d like to invite you to join me in a social-media trend that I am rolling out today about the urgent need to keep arts alive. It is part of the movement we are leading to raise awareness about the fact that the arts will be the last sector to return to business.
Most of the world does not understand the gravity of the situation we are dealing with — that COVID has had a disproportionate impact of devastation on the arts industry and that most of our colleagues and artists have completely lost their employment and livelihood because concerts are not resuming in full capacity before September 2021. That is, for many, 18 months of being shuttered and the reason why I started the PAMAC Performing Arts Managers and Agents Coalition, so we could work with all our 25 partner organizations across the broader industry to amplify each other’s voices about this vital issue.
We have been lobbying hard with Congress to urge them for legislative reform and they have told the Americans for the Arts they are receiving our letters. We are setting up calls with elected officials for our artists and other key figures to explain the plight of our industry and to urge them to take action. Although there is no guarantee they will pass another bill, we are told Congress will look at this next week. Once they take a vote, this would be the final relief package.
I invite you to post the below message on your channels and to help spread the word about this vital issue. The message is 6 words and 3 hashtags — see below — with a custom-designed graphic for our movement. We have a customized version for Twitter too, which you can find through the #artsinterrupted hashtag. Please post and help join our movement now.