Better Federal Relief is Needed to Solve the Freelance Crisis in America

Here’s another important article from the National Freelancers Union:

Better Federal Relief is Needed to Solve the Freelance Crisis in America

It’s been seven weeks since the CARES Act, the first major piece of legislation aimed at addressing the coronavirus crisis, was signed into law. That law created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and the Paycheck Protection Program, two initiatives that were intended to provide critical aid for freelance and self-employed individuals, who have been doubly affected both by shutdowns to contain the spread of the virus and by the resulting economic downturn.

Nearly two months later, the facts are impossible to ignore: millions of freelancers — 84% of those who responded to our recent survey — haven’t received a dollar.

Read the rest of this article.

An Important Appeal from The Regent Theatre

The Regent Theatre, via AE member and theater owner Leland Stein, needs your help. The coronavirus crisis has affected everybody’s bottom line, but arts organizations have been especially hard hit. Arlington Entrepreneurs hopes you’ll take a moment to read Leland’s appeal and pitch in to help. Eventually, this crisis will be over. We want to make sure our Town still has the small businesses it had before this all started. Let’s do our part to keep all our businesses healthy and going strong.

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Dear Friends,
Do you love Janis Joplin? Lizzo? Nirvana? Chance the Rapper? Lady Gaga?
The independent venues that helped launch these superstars need your help. Contact your Senators and Representatives and let them know you support your mom and pop venues who need financial support from the federal government.
It will only take 60 seconds to make your voice heard.
We Need Your Help To Save The Regent Theatre
Thank you for your ongoing support of The Regent. Together with you we have played a role in bringing Arlington and neighboring communities to life and furthering the careers of countless artists. For nearly 20 years, we have booked an incredible variety of performances, films, and community events because of our independence. Now independent venues like ours are at risk, and we need you to tell our Senators and Representatives how important The Regent is to you and your community.
When this crisis began, independent music venues were the first to close, and we will be the last to open. While completely shuttered we have little revenue, most of our employees and artists are without jobs, and normal bills keep coming, regardless.
We have joined the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), a group of close to 1,500 independent music venues and promoters in all 50 states, to collectively urge Congress to help protect our industry by providing the financial support that is necessary for us to survive the shutdown and reopen once again.
Please join us and support our cause by calling and writing our Senators and Representatives today. It’s fast and easy:
Yell it, scream it, clap your hands, and pound your feet like you’re calling the band back for an encore! Please help us ensure we survive by using your voice now (and tell a friend or 100 friends!). #SaveOurStages
And… stay tuned for our next newsletter with some important and exciting announcements regarding new fundraising initiatives, virtual film screening events, and much more…
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Take Care and Stay Safe.
We hope to see you soon!
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