League of American Orchestras says help is at hand

League of American Orchestras says help is at hand


norman lebrecht

December 21, 2020

Today’s circular from the LAO:

As you have probably read in this morning’s news, Congress is set to approve the urgently needed new COVID-19 relief bill…. An unprecedented level of support for the live performing arts will be included.

There will be dedicated SBA grants for performing arts organizations. The main instrument for these will be “Save our Stages,” which gained incredible momentum in recent weeks.

There will be a second round of Paycheck Protection Program resources.

Unemployment benefits will be extended, renewing support for “gig workers,” including freelance musicians.

Refundable Employee Retention Tax Credits will be extended and expanded. Enhanced charitable giving incentives will be extended. Essential resources will help shore up public education and support greater broadband access. 



  • Less help from the left again says:

    After all of the Democrat pork it’s a highly offensive package after months of job losses, business closures and suicides.

    For those uneducated in the superior first round of stimulus, legal citizens got TWICE the amount of one time support and federal unemployment was also double per week as opposed to Pelosi’s “half package” laden with unnecessary items like specific media outlet pork. It’s a medical, not media bill but her funders and lobbyists dictate her loyalties as opposed to her party.

    • Nancy says:

      Troll: Repugnantcans didn’t want any money to go to anyone except businesses. If not for Democrats, you wouldn’t even get a measly $600 this time.

      Also, look up sour grapes, because you’ve got a bad case of it.

      • Herr Doktor says:

        Thank you, Nancy, for some sanity. It just amazes me how many people like our troll here are willing to even anonymously display such ignorance and to willfully ignore the facts of the situation. If the Democrats had the ability to do so, this package would have been passed back in MAY 2020 and would be 3x the size, truly addressing the current need. It’s the Rs who have intentionally withheld the needed disaster relief. Because that’s what this is – disaster relief. But that’s what they do unless it involves them and their families, or exclusively red states.

        We are in such trouble even post-Trump…

      • Hayne says:

        It’s so heartwarming to see our great grandchildren forced to pay for our wants now.
        God bless all the people in both parties who made this possible. Merry Christmas:)

        • Herr Doktor says:

          Hayne, you would do well to read Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman. The argument you are putting forward, that this is somehow compromising our great children’s well being, is completely fallacious and wrong-headed. Maybe you are putting this argument forward because you don’t know better, or maybe you do and this is all about scoring “political points” (i.e. you’re a troll). Regardless, Dr. Krugman has addressed this issue over and over and over and over in his columns. It’s the definition of what he calls a “Zombie Idea” (his latest book is called “Arguing With Zombies”).

          Here is a link to his writings:

          • gcmp says:

            Except that Pal Krugman is often wrong. Even if he does have a Nobel.

          • Herr Doktor says:

            “Pal Krugman” might often be wrong. However, Paul Krugman is not.

            Go away, troll.

          • Peter San Diego says:

            And, more to the point: on the occasions when PK is wrong, he admits it and corrects himself.

          • Hayne says:

            Paul Krugman
            Oh. My. God.

          • William Safford says:

            Herr Doktor, you are correct about Paul Krugman. He does an excellent job of cutting through the zombie ideas and the propaganda, to get to the facts, and to formulate informed opinions based upon those facts.

          • Sorry Doc says:

            You’ve cited a guy like Krugman who graduated CU…NY as in BROKE NY per Andy Cuomo to make yourself sound intellectually superior??

            Source quote and reference:
            “Silly” was a word Krugman used a lot to describe pundits who raised fears of economic competition from other nations, especially China. Don’t worry about it, he said: Free trade will have only minor impact on your prosperity.

            Now Krugman has come out and admitted, offhandedly, that his own understanding of economics has been seriously deficient as well.”


      • Walter Eubanks says:

        President Trump made the $1,200 one-time stimulus payments and additional $600/WEEK in Federal unemployment a REALITY for legal citizens months ago without interference from the House.

        In contrast, Democrats did what they always do. They’ve had the last several months to channel funds directly to the entire citizenry. Not only did they fail month after month after month, they thought so little of their people they dumbed down Trump’s initial package to HALF! Nancy, Schumer and the Dems didn’t have the balls to fight for at least $1,800 one-time and go maybe $400/week additional assistance after making everyone wait for the Democrats?!?!

        No! Those on the Left got shafted by your own! You people are to indoctrinated to question your (D) leadership. Dems loaded this bill with unnecessary pork as opposed to simply supporting a clean bill like Trump already made happen back in March.

        You people on the left don’t care one bit who has already lost their job, business, home and committed suicide but others of us DO!

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Congress is a coven of criminals.
    The RepubliKKKans have been blocking this “relief” bill for months, and the richest among them have been the worst blockers.
    Throw them ALL out. As the saying goes in the sports world, “tear the whole team down and rebuild from the bottom up”.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    What happened to the notion that the arts in America are ‘elitist’ and need to pay for themselves, blah, blah, blah? All of a sudden it’s not so funny. Hopefully this won’t be a case of ‘too little, too late’. If so, then perhaps this is just guilt induced window dressing. Maybe the next world empire can learn from this one.

  • DAVID says:

    Stunning. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Hayne says:

    You mean the American Symphony Orchestra League?
    The old acronym is much more fitting…

  • RM says:

    About time.

    It’s the very least that our representatives in the US government could do considering the economic benefit that the arts actually do provide when they are up and running.

    Not to mention the spiritual stimulus that the arts provide that the US has deliberately strangled starting with the draining of public education from it’s benefit when the arts were, for the last 40 years of neoliberalism (Reaganism), cut from the primary and secondary curriculum (K – 12) ahead of everything else including the bowing to the God of “sports”.

    It all started with the California State initiative “Proposition 13” in the late 70’s pushed by Howard Jarvis (look it up!). As goes California, so goes the rest of the country. And eventually, if the US sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold – Thatcherism for instance. (Well not so much in all of Europe – they’ve known the importance of the arts as an essential part of their culture as democratic socialists).

    For once the arts are recognized by the liberals who have put their power where their supposed mouths have always been.

    • Sisko24 says:

      RM, thanks for remembering Prop. 13 and Howard Jarvis. I maintain one side benefit he saw in putting forward that proposition was also to cut funding to public schools which were educating (and coincidentally assimilating) illegal/undocumented alien children from Mexico.

  • Marj says:

    Too little too late. Just as from the right wing Govt in Australia.

  • a says:

    It looked to me as if McConnell didn’t want Democrats to get credit for another stimulus bill before a tight election with control of the Senate in the balance. All’s well at the Washington Zoo.