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Industry Urged to Sign Letter Calling for Support for Small Businesses and to Push for RESTART Act

Stage Directions • Industry News • August 11, 2020

Bandit Lites Chair Michael Strickland notes that as they await some good news from Washington, DC, members of the live events industry can act in tangible ways to push for a favorable outcome. On August 10, he had two recommendations: to sign their names on a call to action issued by Howard Schultz, Chairman Emeritus at Starbucks, and to support the RESTART Act by contacting representatives in Congress.

These are two call to actions that should be addressed today. They are very urgent and we need you to forward this to everyone you can. Time is short.

First, we need as many people as possible to sign onto the letter from Howard Schultz from Starbucks.

The deadline is Wednesday August 12 at 5:30 p.m. EDT.

A PDF version of the letter can be found HERE.

And here is the link:

Please note there is a place across the top in blue as well as the box on the right side to sign the letter.

Second, we need you to email your Congressional Representatives and Senators and ask them to please support and cosponsor RESTART. To download a PDF explaining RESTART, CLICK HERE.

To find the e-mail address of your Congresspeople and Senators if you do not have them, go to:

Here is a sample letter. Feel free to modify it to meet your needs.

Dear XXXX,

The Live Event Industry has been at zero income since March 13, and will be until well into 2021.

The complete lack of income has been and will continue to be destroying the people, the firms, and the industry.

This was caused by the COVID-19 situation and the ongoing forced shutdown of all venues and large gatherings.

The original round of PPP was vital and appreciated but that was depleted long ago.

It is imperative that Congress provide vital funding to assure that the entirety of the Live Event Industry survive.

I kindly request that you both support and cosponsor the RESTART Act.

This Act, or something like it, must pass immediately as most individuals and firms are long since out of money.

This cannot wait another two weeks.

I would urge you to consider passing RESTART as a clean bill to save American Small Businesses.

I wish to thank you in advance for your consideration and support for the Live Event Industry, and indeed all such affected small businesses.

Thank you for everything you have done for our country, it is greatly appreciated.




Once again, thank you all for your efforts,
Michael T. Strickland, Chair and Founder, Bandit Lites

As always, the only way to get action is for a critical mass of voices to be heard. The previous calls to action have succeeded in getting the attention of legislators. We believe that the current lack of progress is due to certain specific issues and it is vital that both sides come together and resolve their differences.

Act now and be sure to check in at, and for the latest news and updates as they happen.

Thank you and Be Well!

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