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Music Buildings Across The Country To Light Up Red For #RedAlertRESTART
Struggling live entertainment venues, recording studios and other music businesses are banding together today as part of the #RedAlertRESTART movement. Alongside others in the live event and entertainment industry, the Recording Academy is participating in a nationwide grassroots movement to urge Congress to save our workers and businesses. Starting at 9 p.m. ET, as many as 1,500 venues, stages, and other buildings across the U.S. will be lit in red, with supporting messages delivered to Congress and shared on social media.
The symbolic solidarity of showing the cornerstones of our community on red alert will send a strong message to Congress to pass critical legislation, like the RESTART Act, as soon as possible and provide self-employed workers and small business the support they desperately need to survive the pandemic.
The Red Alert grassroots effort comes on the heels of last month's District Advocate day, when 2,000 Academy members joined forces to meet with lawmakers across the country to urge them to pass much-needed assistance programs to help the music workforce and ecosystem survive. It worked, as more and more lawmakers have stepped forward to support our industry, but Washington remains at an impasse. Music makers must keep raising their voices.
Fortunately, there is still time to get involved. As congressional leaders continue to negotiate a potential multi-trillion-dollar relief package, drawing their attention to the venues, studios and businesses at the heart of the music community will continue to raise awareness of the plight of music makers and music businesses.
Here are three easy steps for how to take action on Sept. 1:
- Light Up Your Venue – Create A Red Alert: Join the movement and show solidarity. We encourage you to turn your studio, your venue, or your music business red.
- Share on Social Media: The music community needs support starting with the passage of the RESTART Act. Spread the word using #RedAlertRESTART, #WeMakeEvents, and #DistrictAdvocate.
- Contact Congress: Let your voice be heard where it matters most. Contact your member of Congress here.
Now is the time to get involved, sound the red alert and contact Congress to act in support of music makers and businesses who are struggling to survive. Together, the music community can show express its dire need for support during dire times.