On Wednesday, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employers (IATSE) announced that their members and allies have sent over 80,000 letters over two days to Congress, urging lawmakers to include displaced entertainment workers in a federal aid package. According to the IATSE, a related letter drafted by Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28) is being circulated on Capitol Hill and has a growing list of Congressional supporters.
With productions cancelled across all sectors of the entertainment industry, the COVID-19 pandemic has become dire for entertainment workers. Entertainment gig workers who expected to work for a day, week, month, or season on a production are finding themselves without planned wages and benefits. IATSE is working to ensure that any economic relief package allows hundreds of thousands of entertainment families across the country to continue to pay rent, put food on the table, and care for their children despite the public health emergency.
For more information please contact: Jonas Loeb IATSE, Director of Communications at [email protected]