“My ‘Fear Is We’re Not Just Losing Jobs, We’re Losing Careers’” - American Federation Of Musicians Local 802 Warns Of ‘Looming And Great Cultural Depression’
(NEW YORK CITY) - Even in these extraordinary times, with millions having lost their jobs and tens of thousands of businesses having closed since the Coronavirus Pandemic spread, losses in the Performing Arts and related sectors have been staggering.
During the quarter ending in September, when the overall unemployment rate averaged 8.5% - 52% of Actors, 55% of Dancers and 27% of Musicians were out of work, according to the National Endowment for the Arts.
However, the new $15 billion worth of Federal Stimulus Aid for performance venues and cultural institutions that was finally and recently approved will not end mass unemployment for Performers anytime soon.
And it only extends Federal Unemployment Aid through mid-March.
“My ‘fear is we’re not just losing jobs, we’re losing careers,’” said Adam Krauthamer, who serves as the President of American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 802, adding that 95% of the Local’s 7,000 Members are not working on a regular basis because of the mandated shutdown.
“It ‘will create a great’ cultural depression," Krauthamer said.
In better news, a second donor has stepped up to offer a matching grant for AFM Local 802's #SaveNYCMusic Campaign in order to help reach the goal of $250,000 to provide emergency relief to Musicians, address the health fund’s shortfall, and enhance 802's efforts to get Musicians safely back to work, restoring the musical heart and soul of New York.
And, Click Here To Learn More And Contribute To The #SaveNYCMusic Campaign.
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