- Josh Crowe
Support #WeMakeEvents Global Day Of Action
As venues continue to permanently close and artists go without income, We Make Events has announced a Global Day of Action on September 30th. This latest effort comes from the non-profit advocacy group behind the RedAlertRESTART movement that swept across the United States and United Kingdom earlier this month. September 1st saw venues throughout both countries light up in red in support of the Restart Act which would provide much-needed support to live music establishments.
Emily Eavis has called on the UK government to show greater support the live events industry ahead of tomorrow’s (September 30) We Make Events day of action, which is aimed at raising awareness of the plight of the sector in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a Twitter post, the Glastonbury organiser issued an urgent call for the government to back the heavily impacted sector. Since live events ground to a halt back in March, thousands of jobs have been affected, with freelance workers such as touring crew, engineers and venue staff without work, many of which have received no financial support. Eavis also highlighted the work of We Make Events and its efforts to highlight the huge crisis facing the industry.
The events sector urgently needs more support to survive the Covid-19 crisis. Live events around the world have been devastated, from major festivals and landmark theatres, to grassroots venues and business events. Without major immediate support from government, the entire supply chain is at risk of collapse. Stand as ONE alongside a growing collective of organisations, companies and freelancers around the world tomorrow for the Global Action Day – together we will get our industry’s voice heard. #WeMakeEvents. Leeds based venues such as Mint Warehouse & Freedom Mills have shared posts expressing their concern on the issue, encouraging people to get involved in this Global Action Day.