A $10 billion bill that may help keep the lights on alongside Broadway took coronary heart stage Friday as Sen. Chuck Schumer vowed to fight for leisure venues arduous hit by the coronavirus catastrophe.
The New York Democrat and Theater District representatives touted the proposed Save Our Stages Act as a much-needed lifeline to dwell venues and most importantly Broadway, which has been shut down due to the beginning of the pandemic.
“The phantom of COVID has hit Broadway maybe the hardest of all live venues in America,” Schumer acknowledged at Duffy Square at Seventh Avenue and West 47th Street. “We’re fighting to make sure New York City and Broadway get a lion king share of federal relief.”
Schumer acknowledged that beneath the bipartisan bill, which he co-sponsored, $12 million would go in direction of “big theaters,” with smaller venues a decrease as correctly.
“This money is flexible,” he outlined. “They can use it for whatever they need to stay in business, including paying key valued employees who we don’t want to just leave.”
Charlotte St. Martin, president of the commerce affiliation The Broadway League, acknowledged the bill is required to kick start the dwindling enterprise.
“Productions need money for rehearsals to get people back because they haven’t been performing for nine months, to get thousands and thousands of cast members and get them working,” she acknowledged.
The Save Our Stages Act was first launched in July by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Cornyn (R-TX) and would provide six months of Small Business Administration grants to dwell music venue operators which have taken a hit all through COVID-19.
The bill is included inside the normal COVID-19 discount bundle deal that’s been stalled in Congress.
Schumer urged all Americans to e-mail their senators “and say we need you to support Save Our Stages.” He acknowledged if there’s no vaccine by subsequent spring, he plans to push for renewing the bill, if it’s handed.
“My job as a minority leader is to make sure Save Our Stages is in that bill,” he acknowledged.
The principal Democrat was hopeful that the bill would get approved as part of the Heroes Act.
“The likelihood is getting better,” Schumer acknowledged. “There were 20 conservative Republicans who wanted this in the Senate.”
Last week, Schumer — whose cousin is humorist Amy Schumer — teamed up with Jerry Seinfeld to push for the federal legal guidelines, which moreover has assist from artists like Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, and the Foo Fighters.