Skip to comments.U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer Urges Federal Aid For Broadway At Times Square Rally
Posted on 09/18/2020 1:42:30 PM PDT by EdnaMode
U.S. Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Broadway League renewed the call for dedicated federal funding for Broadway and other New York live venues today, reiterating the push for the $10 billion bipartisan Save Our Stages campaign.
Today we are fighting hard to keep stages alive, stories told and shows going on, Schumer said at an outdoor press conference in New Yorks theater district near the TKTS Booth. The senator joked that he would demand a Lion Kings share of federal relief for Broadway.
Citing the $15 billion contributed by Broadway to New Yorks economy last year, the 100,000 jobs, and the millions of tourists, Schumer called live performance our pulse, our energy. He said theater was particularly vulnerable to COVID since live venues were the first to close under COVID and the last to open.
Last month, Schumer endorsed the $10 billion bipartisan Save Our Stages bill co-authored by Senators Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and Republican John Cornyn to provide grants of up to $12 million to eligible live venue operators, producers, promoters, or talent representatives to help cover six months of operating expenses and offset the economic impact of COVID-19. The grants could be used for payroll costs, rent, mortgage, utilities, and personal protective equipment, among other needs.
Schumer said today that the grants would aid live venues in staying afloat until next spring when a vaccine could be available. If no vaccine arrives by then, Schumer said, he would seek to renew the bill. The senator requested that theater industry insiders utilize their subscriber and supporter lists to enlist patrons and fans in emailing senators to support the bill.
Asked about the bills chances for passage, Schumer said, The likelihood is getting better, adding that even President Donald Trump seems to be shifting for some sort of federal aid.
Also present today were Disney Theatrical Group president and Broadway League chair Thomas Schumacher, Broadway star Laura Benanti, Aida director Schele Williams, and New York State Sen. Brad Hoylman, who tweeted, We need federal funding to #SaveOurStages, Broadway + live venues across NYC! At stake: 100,000 good-paying jobs, 14 unions & the cultural [heart] of our city.
Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said today that the the bill would provide funding for rehearsals, the refurbishment of sets and venues, and to encourage the supply of new work to the pipeline, among other things.
Todays event was the latest in Schumers tour of appearances in support of the bill. On Sunday, Schumer was joined at a press conference by comedian Jerry Seinfeld at New Yorks Gotham Comedy Club to rally support, and on Monday he did the same at Mulcahys Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh, Long Island.
Schumer has been quick to name the entertainment stars supporting the bill, including Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Seinfeld and Robert Plant, former lead singer of Led Zeppelin.
Remember them?, Schumer said today of Zeppelin. I loved In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.
That song was performed by Iron Butterfly.
F^@# Broadway. And F^@# NYC and Schumer while youre at it.
It starts as just a hand, then a handout, then dependency.
The deep state is happy to oblige. 100% dependency except the elite rulers.
The graft MUST flow.
Raise ticket prices for Hamilton.
So easy to pander with someone else’s money.
Actors on broadway are more important than the short-order cook at the local cafe?
And fund NPR too. /not
They hate America. They can do without her money.
But seriously, a federal bailout for Broadway? GTFOOH!
So open the damn city!
Schumer is very ga....
OK my thought was “screw Broadway”... but pretty much what you said, expresses my sentiment as well.
Why, indeed. Chuckie should be addressing his complaint to the Democrat Dictators who are destroying the NYC economy and Broadway.
NO BAILOUT MONEY FOR DISNEY! NONE!
Lots of local musicians just want to play out again. B-way.........pffftttttt!
The city of New York and their incompetent Marxist Magggot Mayor can go straight to Hell. And they can be joined by Schumer and the idiot Governor.
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