DJ Mag reports, “North London club FOLD, which is currently closed due to the outbreak of COVID-19, announced that the club had been registered to be considered for potential clinical or non-clinical use by the NHS. This means the venue could be used for general office and NHS administration work, as well as critical or specialist care.” Read more on FOLD’s Facebook.
Berlin’s UnitedWeStream initiative kicked off last night at Watergate, with sets from Claptone, Jamie Mathew, Jonson feat. XX Isis XX, Monika Kruse, and Yulia Niko.
Organizers note that last night’s Facebook stream alone had a whopping 716,000 visits, with some additional 45,000 streams on ARTE Concert’s Youtube page and other social media channels—giving credence to UnitedWeStream’s aim to be the “the biggest digital club in the world”!
Thus far, the initiative has raised a total of over 103.000 € from over 3100 individual donors to support Berlin’s club scene.
UnitedWeStream continues nightly, 19:00-midnight (Central European Time). Next up:
Thursday, 19 March @ Tresor
Delta Funktionen, CEM, Minimal Violence
Friday, 20 March @ Kater Blau
Mira, iL Civetto, The Sorry Entertainer
Saturday, 21 March @ Pornceptual
Curses, The Lady Machine, Jamaica Suk, Martin Eyerer, Pan Pot
Sunday, 22 March @ Griessmuehle
Acierate, Rebekah, Ellen Allien, Inhalt der Nacht, Tham
Where to give: https://uws.betterplace.org
“As the city starts to draft its stimulus bills for various industries, we need to make sure that the voices of those in nightlife are heard. The underground, DIY and queer scenes that LANA supports are some of the most marginalized and invisible at the best of times, and we have to communicate the needs of our community to the city.”
“The Los Angeles Nightlife Alliance is gathering information on the impacts for workers, performers, contractors, and businesses from COVID-19-related business closures and event cancellations.”
“Please provide details for your canceled shifts, gigs, events, and other lost business income, revenue, or work opportunities so that we can share details with city-wide policy makers about the impacts of these closures.”
American author and journalist Ijeoma Oluo is among the organisers of a GoFundMe campaign set up in support of artists in the city hardest hit by COVID-19 in the US, Seattle.
At time of writing funds topped 180, 000, with 100% of this to be distributed to artists who have lost income due to cancellations and work stoppage during the pandemic.
The Seattle mayor’s office has augmented this fundraiser with $50, 000, and announced the Mayor’s Arts Recovery Package, investing $1 million in an Arts Stabilization Fund, and offering a further $50, 000 in available grants.
Seattle and 4Culture Announce New Funding Relief Packages for the Arts | The Stranger | 17th March 2020
“the economic fallout from [the event industry’s] collapse can potentially dwarf that of the 2008 recession and mortgage market collapse. We are an industry almost 2.5 times the size of GM [General Motors] with total yearly revenues of in excess of $337 Billion in 2016.” —change.org
At least two petitions are circulating in the USA and UK requesting event-industry support from the federal government. Cumulatively, the two have nearly 400,000 signatures as of this writing. The UK Parliament and Government will be responding to the UK petition in the next 3-5 days; stay tuned here for updates.
From the US petition (see the petition for further details):
“The aid package should include, but not be limited to:
- Emergency Medicaid Health insurance – to cover our uninsured business owners, contractors and laid off employees
- An additional $200 Billion in low interest federally backed business liquidity loans – the initial $50 Bill has already been surpassed in current sustained losses just to our industry.
- $100 Billion in Employee Retention Grants
- The ability to submit canceled contracts as loss of income on our 2020 taxes.
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act to include 1099 self-employed individuals
- The ability to apply for unemployment insurance to cover lost income.
- The ability to get disability sick pay for missed work. “
—Covid-19 Federal Aid Package for Events Industry | Change.org
Petition: Government to offer economic assistance to the events industry during COVID-19 | UK Government and Parliament Petitions
The last 24 hours has seen encouraging mobilisation from some governments in protecting workers and businesses hardest hit by coronavirus economic fallout.
We’d like to highlight New Zealand and The Netherlands, whose recently announced economic relief packages win best-in-show in terms of prompt response, benefit per capita, and inclusion of support not only for small businesses but for casual and freelance workers, who make up a considerable chunk of the nightlife industry.
Read about The Netherlands relief package, which offers 90% salary to workers laid off, including casual contractees and sole traders.
Read about New Zealand’s relief package, amounting to approximately 4% of its GDP and including wage subsidies for full time, part time and self-employed workers whose income has disappeared.
Nighttime.org co-founder Lutz Leichsenring has mobilised a large number of Berlin’s clubs in response to the economic and cultural void created by COVID-19, the new club conglomerate launching a daily stream from their venues to keep the community active and raise donations for the severely affected industry.
“Berlin’s vibrant underground club scene has come to a complete standstill. To absorb at least some of the damage COVID-19 has had on their businesses, the city’s clubs have launched a digital club, in conjuncture with several media partners, that will be streamed online.
With the whole world quarantined, the press conference announcing the United We Stream initiative took place online. Here’s the lowdown. Starting tomorrow, March 18, every day from 7 p.m., streams of live DJ sets, live music and live performances will be available on www.unitedwestream.berlin.”
—Pollstar, 17 March 2020
King County Creative Economy Strategist Kate Becker, Music Policy Forum co-founder Michael Bracy and Dr. Gigi Louisa Johnson from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will be in conversation about how King County (which includes Seattle, WA) is responding to the virus, what they are telling their music venues, businesses, artists and venues, and generally share perspectives on lessons learned throughout this process. Feel free to circulate this invitation across your organizations and networks.
Wed, March 18, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PDT
Free RSVP via this Eventbrite link. This event will also be recorded and made available afterwards.
There is a tidal wave of information surging through the internet at the moment that can be overwhelming when trying to identify what’s relevant to you.
The following sites are providing accurate, nightlife-specific information amidst the unfolding crisis, with global scope:
- Resident Advisor running updates and features: electronic music focus
- Music x Corona newsletter : general music industry focus, run by Bas Grasmayer (Berlin, DE based)
- Global Cities After Dark running updates: music and policy focus (Sydney, AU based)
- Nighttime.org AKA us! running updates and features: global nightlife focus
“On 11 March 2020, Denmark notified the Commission of its intention to set up a DKK 91 million (€12 million) aid scheme to compensate organisers of events with more than 1,000 participants or targeted at designated risk groups, such as the elderly or vulnerable people, irrespective of the number of participants, which had to be cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the scheme, operators would be entitled to be compensated for the losses suffered as a consequence of the cancellations or postponements of the events, for which, for example, tickets were already sold.”
—European Commission, 12 Mar 2020