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On the heels of a letter from the Recording Academy appealing to Congress for financial assistance for the music community, the Music Artists Coalition sent a similar letter to Congress signed by dozens of artists and executives, including Don Henley, Lizzo, Maren Morris, John Mayer, Stevie Nicks, Gwen Stefani, Def Leppard and many others. Where the Recording Academy letter focused on freelancers and people involved in the “gig economy,” this one emphasizes workers in the live-entertainment side of the business.

A rep for the organization noted that the relief package signed by President Trump Wednesday is a first step that will provide some relief to the music community, but that more targeted aid is needed.

“The cancellation of concerts, festivals, and tours has brought an abrupt end to income for hundreds of thousands of people,” the letter reads in part. “The music industry is facing an existential threat that is unprecedented – the touring business as we know it has disappeared without warning and without a safety net for hundreds of thousands of people. MAC believes the impacted people in the music industry are one of the groups most in need of government assistance.”

The letter follows below in full.

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader McCarthy, and Leader Schumer:

The Music Artists Coalition (MAC) appreciates the bipartisan efforts underway to address the severe economic impact on millions of Americans because of COVID-19. As economic relief efforts are finalized, MAC believes it is essential that support is reserved for the hundreds of thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on the live music business.

In compliance with CDC guidelines, all concerts and events have been cancelled indefinitely. As a result, the concert business is as drastically and negatively impacted as the airlines and the hospitality industries, despite a lack of media attention. The men and women who work tirelessly to bring live music to fans are unable to work from home and have no alternative means of supporting themselves and their families.

The cancellation of concerts, tours, and festivals means that the musicians and crews who make every concert a special experience for music fans are now out of a job and have no other way to pay rent or put food on the table. Concerts are not just about the headliner: the foundation of live music are the touring musicians, truck and bus drivers, stagehands, production teams, crews who handle lighting, sound, equipment, security, and so many others do not have any option for work as there are no live events for the foreseeable future.

The cancellation of concerts, festivals, and tours has brought an abrupt end to income for hundreds of thousands of people. For these dedicated individuals, it is not an unwillingness, but an inability, to work, when all concerts, tours, and recording sessions are cancelled or indefinitely postponed. While some concerts will be rescheduled, it is inevitable that many will be cancelled and unable to find a venue in which to perform when this crisis has passed.

The music industry is facing an existential threat that is unprecedented – the touring business as we know it has disappeared without warning and without a safety net for hundreds of thousands of people. MAC believes the impacted people in the music industry are one of the groups most in need of government assistance.

Thank you for leading the fight to ensure Americans are able to pay their bills and survive these trying times.

Sincerely,

Adam Dorn

Adrianne Duncan

Alex Sugarman

Ali Harnell

Alicia Spillias

Aloe Blacc

Amy Lee (Evanescence)

Anderson .Paak

Anthony Rossomando

Anthony Russo

Ari Herstand

August Roads

BANKS

Ben Rector

Bernie Taupin

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Bloque

Boombox Cartel

Brandon Robert Young

Brian Lee

Burt Bacharach

Charli XCX

Chloe Flower

Clare Bowen

Cody Tarpley

Cold War Kids

Coran Capshaw

Crywolf

Danica Pinner

Danny Parker

Dark Water

Dave Matthews

David Brownstein

David Murillo

Def Leppard

Deva Mahal

Diplo

Don Henley

Drew Holcomb

Dustin O’Halloran

Elizabeth Crbe

Elliot Grofman

FIDLA

Gabe Rosales

Garrett Edson

George Ritter

Grady

Gwen Stefani

Harlan Silverman

Idina Menzel

Irving Azoff

J Ross Parrelli

Jack Quinn

JC Dwyer

JD Souther

Jean-Pierre Durand

Jeff Russo

Jeffrey Rivera

Jennifer Nettles

Jeremy Silver

Jerrod Bettis (p/k/a “Skins”)

Jim Cicconi

Joe Walsh

John Mayer

John Silva

Jon Levine

Jonny Pierce (p/k/a “The Drums”)

Jordan Bromley

Jordan Davis

Jordan Palmer

Julian Casablancas

Karen Fairchild

Kat Dahlia

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds

Kenny Loggins

Kerry Brown

Kimber Kristy

Kito

Kristen Foster

Kristian Bush

KSHMR

Kyler England

Larkin Poe

Leslie Odom Jr

Lincoln Jesser

Linda Perry

Lionel Andie

Lionel Richie

Little Big Town

Lizzo

Lostboycrow

Louis Bell

Louis Schoorl

Lucie Silvas

Lucy Levinsohn

Lunchmoney Lewis

MAG

Mandy Dickson

Maren Morris

Mark Ronson

MAX

Meghan Trainor

Michelle Lewis

Mitch Allan

Moana Avvenenti

Morgan Kibby/White Sea

M-Phazes

Nancy Kuo

Nick Seeley

Niia

NoMBe

ODESZA

Omar Waqor

Pat Monahan

 

Paul Stanley

Pepe Aguilar

Pussy Riot

Randy Belculfine

Robert Longoria

Rory Andrew (p/k/a “Wynne”)

Saint Astonia

Sam Martin

Sammy Witte

Sara Bareilles

Shane McAnally

Sheryl Crow

Showtek

Sirah

Slash

Slightly Stoopid

Spoon

Steve Jordan

Steve Miller

Steve Perry

Stevie Nicks

Stint

Stone Temple Pilots

Susan Genco

T Collar

The Doobie Brothers

The White Buffalo

Tim Lillis

Tim McGraw

Tom Meredith

Troye Sivan

Verdine White

Walk Off The Earth

Zach Dawes

Zach Sutton