Let’s be honest. It’s been a tough week:
- Austin Monitor | Survey predicts 90 percent of Austin live music venues to close by Halloween
- LaborPress | With Live Music Devastated, Austin Stagehands Desperate For Aid
- The Austin Chronicle | C3 Presents Thins Staff With Widespread Layoffs
- Saving Country Music | Austin Could Lose It’s ‘Live Music Capital’ Title Post COVID-19
- Austin 360 | In Live Music Capital of the World, venues feel let down by Austin leaders
- The Wall Street Journal | Austin Produced Willie Nelson and Others. Can Its Music Scene Survive Covid-19?
With a new list of venue closures this week in Austin, the state of the entertainment industry remains uncertain. Workers are worried about the lack of employment and competition when work does return. Seen & Heard wants to ensure that returning workers come back to safe and equitable working conditions, and we believe that organizing now will set the foundation for a brighter future.
While the current crisis is out of our control, our future does not have to be. We are resilient. We have the power to organize and protect the workers that remain employed, and ensure fair and safe work environments for our future live entertainment economy.