The UK is sleeping out, the US is making a decision and the Dutch have 4 full-capacity events already planned for January

Silent Nights ✨

In yet another attempt to get the government to pay attention, thousands of people across the UK will be donning their warmest attire to spend the evening outside tonight in support of the Silent Nights campaign. The idea is to illustrate how the nearly 3 million people that have been unable to obtain government support have been “left out, in the cold”. Get your social media ready and use #ExcludedUK and #WeMakeEvents to show your solidarity with those making a stand (while lying down). The “festivities” will begin tonight at 20:00 with a bedtime lullaby and end tomorrow morning at 07:00 after a wake up call at dawn. To all those participating this evening, stay warm!

It’s now or never

The US Senate Committee hearing on “Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on the Live Event Entertainment Industry” took place on Tuesday. Here are the highlights:

  • 10+ million people across the event industry supply chain in the US have been negatively impacted professionally by the Coronavirus.
  • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package passed by congress near the end of March. Part of that package was a relief fund called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that allowed small businesses to continue to make payroll and retain their employees; it only lasted 10 weeks.
  • As we’ve been hearing all over the world, capacity restrictions placed on venues made operations unsustainable and most have been shuttered since March.
  • The first problem facing the industry is money; the second problem is liability indemnity. What’s that? We’re glad you asked. Even with the financial support to restart, live event professionals are not likely to proceed with planning large scale events as long as there is a risk of a class action lawsuit. There needs to be nationwide protection in place to eliminate the risk of legal liability regarding COVID related exposure at said events.
  • Different states with different requirements will prohibit touring so any path forward will require a national solution.
  • 30% of the industry has already been eliminated by the pandemic and if nothing is done by February, it’s estimated that 60% of the industry will be gone.
  • The #SaveOurStages Act is a bill that has been submitted to congress requesting support for the live music industry and the independent venues that are desperately in need of funds to stay afloat. The bill consists of 3 main components:
  • long-term grants;
  • tax credits;
  • and financial support for the people and artists that make shows happen.
  • And a personal favorite... “Even Wharton College of Business does not teach one how to run a business for 18 months with no money.” - Mr. Michael T. Strickland 🙌

A path forward for the live event industry is expected to be passed today.

“Back to Live” 🕺

It was announced this week that the Dutch government has approved of a plan to pilot several full-capacity events in The Netherlands in January of next year. There will be a couple of festivals, a concert and a dance event taking place to hopefully figure out how to bring back live events in a safe and sustainable way.

How will it work? All attendees will be required to have a negative COVID test 24 hours prior to the event and store the result digitally on their phone. Upon arrival, temperatures will be checked and/or rapid COVID tests conducted. In theory, this means that not a single person attending the events will have Corona and there should be no risk of an outbreak. As an added precaution, participants are expected to remain isolated from any groups considered to be vulnerable for a minimum of 2 weeks following the events.

Good luck Fieldlab, we’re rooting for you!