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Call for Action: Urge your Senators to Support Legislation for Entertainment Industry

Stage Directions • Industry News • June 26, 2020

The entertainment industry was the first to collapse from COVID-19, and it will be the last industry to recover. The entire economy of arts and culture, including organizations, employees, independent contractors, and related businesses, is in dire need of help. The Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) is asking for your help in writing to legislators to urge them to support proposed legislature that will greatly benefit our industry.

Senior members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship have introduced the Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program (P4) Act to Congress. The bill authorizes new lending under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to small businesses with 100 employees or fewer, including sole proprietors and self-employed individuals. Very soon, the Senate will also be considering:

  • granting 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organizations (such as ESTA) access to the PPP;
  • reauthorizing the PPP until at least until December 31, 2020;
  • passing the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020, which would establish a system of shared public and private compensation for business interruption losses and event cancellations resulting from future pandemics or public health emergencies;
  • passing the Skills Renewal Act, which would provide Americans who have been laid off or furloughed owing to COVID-19 a $4,000 tax credit to pursue post-secondary skills training and career development;
  • passing the House Heroes Act to extend the unemployment benefits of the CARES Act.

It is imperative to urge your legislators to fund these bills and provisions. If we do not take action, neither will they. Enter your information and click “Start Writing” to access a letter template and be matched with your Senators.

It is imperative to urge your legislators to fund these bills and provisions. If we do not take action, neither will they. Please visit http://esta.org/COVID-19Relief to send letters to your Senators. It takes only a few minutes of your time, but it will help make an impact.

Further information from ESTA: https://www.esta.org/

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