COVID-19

Standing Wave performs during Bananastock at Spirit in 2018.  It would be sad to lose venues like Spirit permanently as a result of the pandemic.  Photo by Tony.


Save Our Stages
          We did it!  Or somebody did it.  In any event, Save Our Stages is a movement started by the recently-formed National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) to encourage our elected representatives to support The RESTART Act and/or the Save Our Stages Act, either of which would provide much-needed financial support to independent music venues across the country that have lost revenue due to the pandemic.  NIVA had put up a petition at www.saveourstages.com, for us to send a message to our representatives urging them to support the Act.  Unfortunately too late to save some of our favorite venues, on December 21, Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act which includes the provisions of the Save Our Stages Act, by a high enough margin to override a threatened presidential veto.  The focus of NIVA is now on donations to help the venues survive while they wait for funding and working with regulatory authorities to make sure the funds go where they're needed.     
 
The Musicians
          Of course, without live venues, musicians lose an important source of income as well.  Fortunately, they can still make and sell their recordings.  If you can't buy directly from the artists, please consider buying on Bandcamp, which gives the artists a bigger share of revenue from sales than any other website where music is sold.  On Bandcamp Friday, Bandcamp waives its share of the profits on any sales, leaving 100% of the revenue for the artists.

          Here is a list of artists that I've supported during the pandemic by purchasing their music on Bandcamp, all of it on a Bandcamp Friday with just a few exceptions:
Brittany Anjou * The Apples in Stereo * Asylum Street Spankers * Albert Ayler * Joe Bendik * Bone of Contention * Dennis Bovell * Bush Tetras * Paul Collins Beat * The Coolies * The Cynics * Palmyra Delran and the Doppel Gang * Dressy Bessy * Roky Erickson * Essential Machine * Exploding Flowers * The Forty Nineteens * The Full Counts * Gaudi * Brittany Larson Suck My Face * The Little Wretches * Los Vampiros Amarillos * MediaGroove * Karl Mullen * Murder for Girls * Reid Paley * Steve Sciulli * The Shadow Event * Stick Against Stone * The Joe Strummer Foundation * Take Me With You * Holly Beth Vincent * The Waitresses * Mike Watt + the Secondmen * X
Wire at Mr. Smalls in 2015. Photo by Dom.

          Here's just a small sample of some other local and world-renowned artists with music for sale there:
Adventures * The Affordable Floors * A.T.S. * Blondie * Bone of Contention * Anthony Braxton * David Byrne * Canary * Carsickness * Cash Registers * Chantillion * The Cheats * Ornette Coleman * Code Orange * Nikki Corvette * Elvis Costello * Creature People * Crumbs of Happiness * Cyrus Gold * The Damaged Pies * The Damned * The Dancing Cigarettes * The dB's * The Deep Roots * Dos * The Evens * Facewreck * Fitted * Fugazi * The Garden * Go Go Gidget * The Gotobeds * Steve Heineman * Dave Holland * Inconsolable Wretch * Insect Surfers * Zack Keim *  Jim Kweskin * Richard Lloyd * Nick Lowe * Lisa Miles *  Minor Threat * Mission of Burma * Bob Mould * Bill Munz * David Murray * Nox Boys * Yoko Ono * Path to Misery * Jimmer Podrasky * Iggy Pop * Popular Creeps * The Psychedelic Furs * Resistance Wire * Jonathan Richman * Sam Rivers *  Stephen Sciulli * Sebadoh * Shonen Knife * The Slits * Sonic Youth * The Spectres * Chris Stamey * Steel Pulse * Tom Tom Club * T.S.O.L. * James Blood Ulmer * The Urinals * Tom Waits * Paul Weller * Wreckless Eric

          It's the best site on the internet.  Next to this one, of course. 

The Workers
         I came across this Go FundMe page for the benefit of laid-off workers at Mr. Smalls.  They provide incentives for certain large donations.
 
         Here is one for the benefit of employees at the Rex Theater, which announced that it was closing permanently on September 22.     

         If I find similar pages for workers at other venues, I'll post those, too.  You can also let me know of any that should be added.

         Feel free to share this page.  We'll keep it here as long as it's necessary.

Wash Your Hands to the Beat!
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         https://www.reverbnation.com/theenglishbeat/song/1701162-mirror-in-the-bathroom?source=artistMusic
Joe
Pittsburgh, PA
July 11-12, 2020
Updated February 10, 2021

Links last checked 2/14/21