A series of arts venues and other buildings across the metro will be lit in red from 9 p.m. to midnight Tuesday to garner support for Congress to pass the Restart Act, which would provide assistance to those who have lost income due to the pandemic shutdown.
The nationwide move, which is expected to see at least 1,500 locations participating, is led by the #WeMakeEvents coalition, which is supporting entertainment venues that have been closed since mid-March and likely won’t reopen until 2021 at the earliest.
“The entire live events industry is on the brink of collapse,” said Brad Nelms, director of #WeMakeEvents, in a news release. “Without financial relief, many businesses stand to permanently close, and families risk bankruptcy and homelessness. We want to take this opportunity to show the world the scale of what it takes to make live entertainment events happen and demonstrate how much this crisis has affected our community. This is a human issue, not a political issue, and it requires immediate action.”
The live event industry in North America employs millions of people and includes hundreds of thousands of businesses with a combined economic impact of more than $300 billion.
Local participating venues include: