L.A. clubs and festivals form coalition
Over 100 independent venues, promoters, and festivals in Los Angeles have formed a coalition to lobby state and local lawmakers for funding to assist those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Los Angeles Independent Venue Coalition (LAIVC) will lobby for emergency support, fee reductions, and reopening proposals based on scientific evidence.

The alliance includes the Los Angeles Theatre, BeachLife Festival, and Club Los Globos (pictured) , among others, and includes venues and promoters ranging from comedy to classical music.

Heather Martin, co-founder of LAIVC and owner of Because of the Night Agency, said: “Independent venues are the backbone of the Los Angeles creative economy that generates $139.7bn and employs over 400,000 local workers. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen at full capacity.”

1720, Lethal Amounts, Bootleg Theater, The Bourbon Room, The Airliner, The Colony Theatre, and the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon are among the coalition`s other members.

Indoor entertainment and sports venues in Los Angeles County were given the green light from the state to reopen to the public on April 15. However, many smaller venues are slow to make that move due to weighing the cost of reopening against the capacity restrictions and whether it is financially feasible.

Under California guidelines, indoor venues that can hold up to 1,501 people in counties that have reached the orange tier for the state’s pandemic restrictions must limit capacity to 15 per cent or 200 people, whichever is less. LA County was moved into the orange tier earlier this month.