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Advocacy Questions And Answers: The Latest On COVID-19, CARES Act & More
Across the U.S., this is a critical week in the fight to flatten the curve of coronavirus, and it's also a time when many music creators are figuring out their next steps through the crisis. Between the new $2 trillion stimulus, understanding the implemented law, and upcoming legislation, the path can be daunting to navigate for professionals who've made their life—and their living—in a creative field. The Recording Academy is providing resources to help creators access the much needed financial relief that they are entitled to under the CARES Act and other laws.
The $2 Trillion Stimulus, Unpacked
To help creators find their way forward, the Recording Academy kicked off this week by hosting a virtual panel to discuss the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Moderated by the Recording Academy’s Chief Industry, Government and Member Relations Officer Daryl Friedman and featuring Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), Recording Academy Chairman and Interim CEO Harvey Mason jr., and experts from the Greenberg Traurig law firm, the one-hour discussion covered many timely topics for music creators.
The group unpacked the CARES Act and its key protections and provisions that put music creators in a better position for immediate and long-term financial relief. These include authorizing a new pandemic unemployment assistance program for eligible self-employed workers, creating new Small Business Administration loans for self-employed workers, and establishing a $75 million supplemental fund for the National Endowment for the Arts. If you did not have the opportunity to join us on Monday, the webinar can be viewed here.
Your Questions Answered Daily
To keep the information flowing, the Recording Academy will be sharing daily "Advocacy Questions and Answers" to help update our members on any changes to the CARES Act’s programs and benefits. As these programs are implemented, there will be a shifting landscape as to how to receive the benefits that creators are eligible for under the new law. Additional information regarding the CARES Act and its funding can still be found at MusicCovidRelief.com.
A Look Ahead At What’s Next
While the CARES Act is being implemented, Congress is continuing to look forward to other legislative solutions to relieve the financial burden on Americans. Already Congressional leaders are looking to quickly bolster one of the key SBA loan provisions in the CARES Act with additional funding, and beyond that Congress is actively beginning to form a “Phase Four” bill to continue to combat issues in the economy and the workforce. Again, you can stay closely posted at how upcoming legislative activity impacts music creators at MusicCovidRelief.com.
How Can You Help?
To further support music makers during these difficult and uncertain times, the Recording Academy and MusiCares recently established the COVID-19 Relief Fund.
If you are an artist or music professional who has been impacted by this unprecedented circumstance and are in need of assistance, please visit our MusiCares page to learn more about the financial, medical and personal emergencies services and resources offered by the Recording Academy.