Music Groups Again Pressure Congress For Pandemic Relief: ‘More Must Be Done’
A coalition of music industry groups including the RIAA, NMPA and Artist Rights Alliance today (Nov. 23) sent the latest in a string of recent letters to congressional leaders, urging them to provide additional government assistance to music industry workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Specifically, the letter calls on Congress to renew and extend several forms of federal pandemic unemployment assistance; pass the RESTART Act federal loan program; "fix" the CARES Act to make mixed earners eligible for unemployment assistance; expand and pass the Save Our Stages Act for small venues and multi-use publicly owned venues; help workers keep their job-based healthcare plans by expanding employer retention tax credits and passing a 100% COBRA premium subsidy; and pass the Performing Artist Tax Parity Act and the HITS Act, which change tax codes to benefit performers and recording studio workers, respectively.
"There is no denying that COVID-19 has truly tested the nation, and it has had a devastating effect on our country’s music industry," the coalition said in a joint statement. "The live music business -- once a sign of a thriving community and a draw to our cultural and commercial centers -- has gone tragically silent. The music community remains grateful for Congress’s bipartisan relief efforts earlier this year, but more must be done soon to avoid a level of loss that could devastate artists, musicians, engineers, producers, venues, and everyone in the music industry for a generation."