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Amid Pandemic Fallout, Indie Venues Call On Congress To 'Save Our Stages'

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The highly contagious coronavirus is incompatible with many normal pre-pandemic activities, but few more so than a live show in a crowded venue.

Independent entertainment venues were among the first to close their doors due to the pandemic and will likely be among the last to reopen, if they're able to survive its economic fallout at all. 

How hard hit are venues and their employees? What about the numerous other players in the live music economy and ecosystem including artists, talent agents, tour managers, promotors, stagehands, security, the tour bus industry, record companies and more?

Could legislative and regulatory assistance provide real, long-term relief? Will congressional aid be enough to keep small- and medium-sized venues in business?

How will entertainment venues adapt to stay afloat in the wake of COVID-19? What would be the economic and cultural impact of permanent venue closures across the country and in San Antonio? 

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*This interview was recorded on Tuesday, July 21.

Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.
Kathleen Creedon can be reached at kathleen@tpr.org or on Twitter at @Kath_Creedon