As Coronavirus continues to spread in the United States, public guidance advises vulnerable populations to stay home and some performance venues have been required to close. The resulting cancellation of various public events will have very real financial consequences for theatres and theatre artists, not only from the loss of income from ticket sales and reduced opportunities for artists to work, but also from lost contributed revenue as donors reassess their capacity to give due to the stock market’s volatility.
The federal government is considering new forms of economic relief, and eligibility for nonprofit theatres and theatre artists is essential. It will be likely that theatres and other nonprofit organizations will need to enlist the help of elected officials to access any relief that may become available, so those relationships need to be developed or strengthened now. Urge your Representative and Senators to advocate on your behalf and be as specific as possible about the impact to your theatre, so they will understand the ripple effect of the losses to your theatre and to the communities your theatre serves.