Tampa Bay venues and promoters need you to bug Marco Rubio about saving the live music scene

Thursday is a #saveourstages day of action.

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It’s no secret that without federal help, many of the Tampa Bay live music scene’s beloved independent venues will close forever—but there’s a way to help Florida's bar venues, theaters, concert halls and listening rooms.

A bipartisan 'Save Our Stages' Senate bill is up for a vote. The problem is that Florida’s Republican Senator Marco Rubio needs to hear about it. Local members of National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) have been up Rubio’s ass all summer, but his office has been noncommittal at best.

So venues and promoters are asking live music supporters to take Thursday, July 30 to write emails (send 'em via saveourstages.com) and post to social media with the following message:

The Save Our Stages Act (S. 4258) is the difference between life and death for shuttered indie music venues, artists, and our ecosystem. PPP will not save us.  Senator Rubio, don't let the music die!  Make your voice heard TODAY at saveourstages.com #saveourstages #SaveFLStages

Posters are asked to use the hashtags #saveourstages #SaveFLStages and tag Rubio on Instagram (@senatormarcorubio), Twitter (@marcorubio) and Facebook.

“They need to hear from some other voices who have skin in the game,” Pat Lavery—a Gainesville promoter who’s been working with NIVA, along with Bay area locals like Crowbar owner Tom DeGeorge—wrote in an email. “We need an avalanche of support tomorrow.”

“Without his support this isn't likely to get done,” an email from NIVA says. “This bill will give independent venues and talent reps (Agents, managers) the 6-12 [month] funding lifeline they need to survive the pandemic. Without it 90% of venues will close forever !”

Here’s the image NIVA wants you to use (click here to download it). What are you waiting for?

UPDATED: 07/29/20 5:53 p.m. Updated to remove the email address of a Rubio staffer.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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