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Independent music venues, promoters seek federal financial support

More than 600 of nation’s most cherished musical artists and venues, including Lehigh Valley and Bucks County natives, have issued a letter to Congress asking legislators to provide urgent financial support for independent venues and promoters in the U.S., which are in grave peril due to the pandemic.

These local artists and venues join Mavis Staples, Lady Gaga, André 3000, Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Billie Eilish, Gary Clark Jr, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Miranda Lambert, Billy Joel, Earth Wind & Fire, Kacey Musgraves, Leon Bridges, Wyclef Jean, and Bon Iver, along with beloved comedians such as Jay Leno, Tiffany Haddish, Jeff Foxworthy, Jerry Seinfeld, and Tig Notaro in writing to Congress.

Formed at the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), now has nearly 2,000 members in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., including the Sellersville Theater and ArtsQuest/Musikfest theaters. These independent venues and promoters were the first to close and will be the last to fully reopen, and are at real risk of closing permanently.

The 600 artists sending the letter to Congress are joining more than 500 other touring artists and comedians with a combined social media presence exceeding 900,000,000 who have urged their fans to have their voices heard at So far people across America have written more than 500,000 emails asking Congress to #SaveOurStages.

For an alphabetical list of 1,100 artists who support NIVA, visit

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