Lizzo, Lionel Richie Among Artists Asking Congress For Financial Relief For Live Music Industry

Published: Thursday 19th Mar 2020 by Rashad

The music industry continues to reel as a result of the impact the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is having on the global economy.

While a number of artists were forced to postpone their respective tours, most spring concert festivals (i.e. Coachella, SXSW, etc.) are doing the same in an attempt to curtail spread of the disease.  And, while the postponements and cancellations merely come as scheduling inconveniences for some, for many others they are a matter of survival.

The live music industry employs hundreds of thousands – from musicians to sound and light engineers, dancers, set crew, and hourly customer service workers at venues.  In an effort to ensure they’re not forgotten, members of the Music Artists Coalition and their supporters are banding together to petition Trump and the United States Congress for direct financial relief on their behalf.

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Lizzo, Lionel Richie, Gwen Stefani, Diplo, and John Mayer are among the slew of music industry figures who signed a letter from the Music Artists Coalition specifically asking President Trump and others to provide financial relief to the music community suffering as a result of lost wages due to COVID-19.

“[T]he concert business is as drastically and negatively impacted as the airlines and the hospitality industries, despite a lack of media attention,” the letter states. “The men and women who work tirelessly to bring live music to fans are unable to work from home and have no alternative means of supporting themselves and their families… Concerts are not just about the headliner: the foundation of live music are the touring musicians, truck and bus drivers, stagehands, production teams, crews who handle lighting, sound, equipment, security, and so many others do not have any option for work as there are no live events for the foreseeable future.”

Other artists who signed the plea for financial assistance include Maren Morris, Dave Matthews, Little Big Town, Mark Ronson, Meghan Trainor, Sheryl Crow, Charli XCX, Tim McGraw, and Troye Sivan.

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  1. Only Facts March 19, 2020

    What about all of the people who lost their jobs and make 25,000 a year? The regular people need a little more relief. Sorry.

    • Rosy March 19, 2020

      I know why don’t these musicians give them their wealth use their money the nerve of them asking Congress for money

      • Only Facts March 19, 2020


    • C**-ila March 19, 2020

      There are a lot more people needing funds at this time than the music industry. I love music and movies but entertainment goes to the last place in my heart when i see people and animals starving and abandoned without having nothing to eat.
      My heart goes to them!

  2. Ughhh March 19, 2020

    Lizzo pay them with your music sales and current net worth. Lionel Richie pay them with your American Idol contract and ongoing sales from ever single and album you have.

    Yes they should get paid during this time but it annoys me when artist make public pleas and ask others to donate when they have more money than most

    • WhyYouMad? March 19, 2020

      I’m in total agreement. All of the artists who signed could’ve pooped no less than $100k each

      I don’t hold them personally responsible for the pay of their teams, but I do believe kindheartedness should’ve made them want to pay the outta work folks

      • WhyYouMad? March 19, 2020

        *popped not pooped lol

    • Only Facts March 19, 2020


  3. Clarks0o0ñ March 19, 2020

    Normani has joined tik tok

    The bìtch wants to show her dry àss personality
    Very boring chic.

    The desperation.
    She want a viral tik tok hit like my oh my or say so, girl u ain’t never gonna get it.

    Just like Twitter, they are gonna hype u on tik tok but u will still flop on the charts.

    She’s so desperate,
    She better go on Instagram live and start twerking like megan thee stallion, cause that’s the only way anybody gonna stream ur trash music. Lol

      • Clarks0o0ñ March 19, 2020

        Show me slutmani on the billboard hot 100, iTunes and spotify 100.
        Until then shut the f**** up.

        Hold the L

      • Fancy BISH March 19, 2020

        Your L is for LUNATIC ? You’ve been comparing everybody to Cammy’s wack asss since forever! Don’t make me pull receipts ?

      • Clarks0o0ñ March 19, 2020

        Hold the L

      • Fancy BISH March 19, 2020

        Got STOMPED *Lil Mama voice* ?

    • Only Facts March 19, 2020

      You’re obsessed with Normani. Do you realize everyone else goes days without mentioning Normani. Only you mention her everyday. If you hate her so much, why follow her every move? Wake up. There are bigger issues going on in the world.

    • Moronika maraj March 20, 2020

      Camilla cabelhoe’s time is up spastic

  4. Meme March 19, 2020

    Chile bye. There are literally ppl with less than $50 in their accounts right now and have kids. You really think Congress worries about rich artist and money hungry music industry professionals?

  5. Moronika maraj March 20, 2020

    Lezzo can eat a cow in dinner, so she needs more financial support

  6. Kellee March 20, 2020

    Are you serious don’t you think they should be donating money and raising money for Charities rather than wondering where their next billion dollars is coming from are you kidding me I had $200 to live off for the last 6 weeks I don’t give a rat’s ass if they get a paycheck

  7. Haini74 March 20, 2020

    Are you serious right now. How bout they help give to some of the fans that helped them get to where their at now.

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