COVID19: FIM, FIA, UNI-MEI and Pearle* urge governments to take emergency measures in support of the live performance sector (March 2020)

March 12th, 2020.

In response to the epidemic striking an increasing number of countries around the world, several governments have announced their decision, among other emergency measures, to prohibit large gatherings of people with a view to containing the spread of the COVID19 virus.

Without appropriate support measures, these decisions will have devastating economic and social consequences on the live performance sector, as numerous live events and tours are being cancelled abruptly. Whether employed or freelance, workers in the sector, who are often in an already precarious situation, are facing a sudden and dramatic loss of income. Many live performance organisations will be profoundly weakened or imperilled due to the reduction of number of performances, tours and live events.

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