Welch introduces bill to aid local music venues hit by pandemic

On Monday, Representative Peter Welch introduced the Save Our Stages (SOS) Act, a bill to provide six months of financial support to keep independent live music venues afloat through the coronavirus pandemic.

“Independent live music and entertainment venues help make Vermont such a special place to live,” said Welch. “Any music fan or performer knows that a livestream is just not the same as a live concert. Unfortunately, the PPP and other federal aid programs simply do not work for live music venues that cannot reopen until we stop virus transmission. We need to make sure they get the support they need to survive the pandemic so they are ready to host all of us at a show in the future.”

Alita Wilson, Executive Director of Pentangle Arts in Woodstock, welcomes the additional support.

“We are thrilled that Rep. Welch recognizes the importance of  performance venues, that in the case of Pentangle Arts also includes the largest single movie screen in the area,” she said. “Additional funding would allow us to cover  base line expenses needed to ensure we can reopen at full force and again be a major contributor to the economic and cultural vitality in our area.”

Read more in the June 30 issue of the Vermont Standard.