Musicians’ Letter Asks Congress to Develop Unemployment Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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Bikini Kill, Neutral Milk Hotel, Fugazi, Downtown Boys and Wolf Parade are among the hundreds of musicians who have signed a letter signing the Legislature of Calling states and states to expand unemployment and other self-help benefits in corona virus support packages (COVID-19).

"We ask that you ensure that the next federal aid package includes the expansion of unemployment and other benefits to all musicians, DJs and all gig economy employees who have lost their income due to COVID-19," says in the letter. "Workers should be able to use any income, including 1,099 and proven future income wiped out by COVID-19, to claim unemployment and other benefits."

The letter points to the devastating effects of the coronavirus crisis on entertainment workers who generate a large part of their income from live performances. The full letter and list of supporters can be found here.

“All employees currently need help, regardless of their employment. Musicians and all Gig Economy employees create value like everyone else, and we deserve to eat like everyone else, ”said Downtown Boys in a statement. "The COVID crisis has continued to reveal the long-running war between the rich and the rest of us, and musicians need to team up with other workers to demand immediate help and a new economy."

Read on the course "How live streaming closes the gap between bands and fans during the coronavirus outbreak".

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