Music venues struggling after months of closure

Concert venues, theaters, and other live music facilities say they won’t survive without government help.

It’s been five months since music venues were able to have live, in-person events in Michigan. And those businesses say it’s killing them.

“You don’t go into these [businesses] to make a bunch of money,” said Tami VandenBerg, co-owner of Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, in an article on MLive. “If you lose all the people doing it now … you’re going to set back the music industry really far.”

Most concert venues in Michigan have been suffering since the coronavirus pandemic began. Crowded indoor events just aren’t compatible with halting a virus that spreads through person-to-person contact, and there aren’t many alternatives for those businesses.

Venue owners have begun to band together to ask for some sort of government assistance. They’re prompting representatives to pass the Save Our Stages Act and RESTART Act, which would provide grants and loan forgiveness to struggling music venues.

You can read more here.

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