Ozzy is among several hundred artists who have signed a letter to the U.S. Congress asking for federal assistance for independent concert venues across the country. About 90% of the venues expect to close permanently if they don’t receive assistance and the COVID-19 lockdown lasts six months. The letter was organized by the National Independent Venue Association, which was formed in response to the pandemic.
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“Independent venues are asking for an investment to secure their future, not a handout. One Chicago report found that every dollar small venues generate in ticket sales results in $12 of economic activity. If these independent venues close forever, cities and towns across America will not only lose their cultural and entertainment hearts, but they will lose the engine that would otherwise be a driver of economic renewal for all the businesses that surround them.”