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Ruth Eckerd Hall, The Nancy And David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, And Florida Presenters Join #REDALERTRESTART, A Nationwide Call To Support The Live Performance Industry

Published: August 31, 2020

The Florida Professional Presenters Consortium, a statewide organization of over 60 performing arts venues, including Ruth Eckerd Hall and The Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, is joining “Red Alert,” a nationwide effort to encourage Congress to provide relief for the live entertainment industry, which has been uniquely affected by the pandemic.

On Tuesday night, September 1, 2020 from 9 pm to midnight, performing arts venues across the nation will light their exteriors in red as part of a nationwide call to action, imploring the U.S. Congress to pass the RESTART Act (S. 3814/H.R. 7481) and the Save Our Stages Act (S. 4258/H.R. 7806) as quickly as possible.

The RESTART Act and the Save Our Stages Act offer economic relief to the live events industry, which has been shuttered since March, 2020. Nationwide, 12 million show workers are estimated to be unemployed because of Covid-19, including designers, technicians, programmers, stagehands and others.

Susan Crockett, Ruth Eckerd Hall President & CEO said, “While so many industries have been negatively impacted during the pandemic, live arts and music will be one of the hardest hit. Few venues can survive operating at 0-20% capacity for such a long period. The loss of jobs and cultural investment across the nation will be devastating to our communities.

Kevin Stone, President of Florida Presenters said, “Our culture, the music, dance and theatre created and performed in each of our cities, is what makes them unique and special places. We must make sure that survives. It’s also about jobs and the economy. The member venues of Florida Presenters alone create a total economic impact every year of $495 million, which supports the full-time equivalent of 15,425 jobs, $377.7 million of household income, $21.8 million of local government fees and taxes and $26.1 million of state government fees and taxes.”

The public can support the industry in several ways. Visit saveourstages.com to send a message to your U.S. Senators and Representative. Use the hashtags #SAVEOURSTAGES and #RedAlertRESTART on social media. Light your own residence or business red in a show of solidarity, or use a red filter on a social media image.

The Florida Professional Presenters Consortium represents performing arts venues throughout the State of Florida, from Panama City to Key West, from the largest cultural institutions in the state to the smallest, most vital organizations in rural and underserved counties. The business of culture is a major component of Florida's diverse economy, contributing a $1.4 billion impact to the state's economy. The activities of the members of Florida Presenters contribute almost a half billion dollars to that impact.

In addition to Ruth Eckerd Hall and The Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, these members of Florida Presenters are participating in #REDALERTRESTART:
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami
Arts Garage, Delray Beach
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers
Big Arts, Sanibel
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale
Center for the Arts at River Ridge, New Port Richey
Coral Springs Center for the Arts, Coral Springs
Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center/Palm Beach State College, Belle Glade
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando
Duke Energy Center for the Arts/Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg
Flagler Auditorium Performing Arts Center, Palm Coast, Florida
Florida Theatre, Jacksonville
King Center for the Performing Arts, Melbourne
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach
Lyric Theatre, Stuart
Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton
Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville
Ocean Reef Cultural Center, Key Largo
Old School Square Center For The Arts, Inc, Delray Beach
Opening Nights at Florida State University, Tallahassee
RP Funding Center, Lakeland, FL
Seminole Theatre, Homestead
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Miami/Cutler Bay
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa
Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts, Fort Pierce
Thrasher Horne Center, Orange Park
Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jacksonville
University of Florida Performing Arts, Gainesville
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota