Editors note: It’s been 10 months since live entertainment went dark at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, and it may be another 10 months before live venues can safely reopen. Participating in a virtual conference held Saturday by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that by the “early to mid-fall, you can have people feeling safe performing onstage as well as people in the audience.” For performers and other entertainment workers sidelined by the pandemic, that relief may not come soon enough as they deplete savings and go from one odd job to another. Given the urgency of the situation and in light of the new White House administration coming in next week, veteran event producer Don Mischer, who has produced/directed Oscars, Primetime Emmys, Olympics opening ceremonies, Super Bowl halftime shows and the Obama inauguration, is speaking up for people in the arts. Taking a page from the Great Depression and President Roosevelt’s New Deal, which covered arts and entertainment workers, he urges state and federal officials to launch a program similar to the Works Progress Administration so today’s arts and entertainment workers and their families can survive until live performances come back. Related Story… Read full this story
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