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Sens Klobuchar, Cornyn Propose $10 Billion “Save Our Stages Act”
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has introduced a bill aimed at helping small music venues survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill, introduced Wednesday, proposes setting aside $10 billion to distribute over the next six months, with individual venues able to apply for grants of up to $12 million. The... Read more
Scientists in Germany Plan Concert to Test Coronavirus Plans
Researchers in Germany are planning to stage a concert in Germany with 4,000 volunteers in attendance, hoping to study the behavior of crowds and better understand methods to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases at large-scale gatherings. The concert, featuring singer-songwriter Tim Bendzko, is planned for... Read more
Indy 500 Plans 25% Capacity for August, Up to 87,000
Up to 87.500 fans will descend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in just over a month, as Indy 500 officials announced plans for allowing up to 25% capacity at the storied race on August 23. While the number would be the smallest attendance figure in more than 100 years,... Read more
UK Coronavirus Vaccines Test Has “Hugely Promising” Results
Trials of a coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford were shown to be safe and triggered an immune response in a recent study, fueling hope for an end to the pandemic that has ground live entertainment and events to a near-halt worldwide. The vaccine, called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19... Read more
Jets, Giants Plan for No Fans This Season Due to NJ Governor’s Order
An order from Governor Phil Murphy limiting events to a total of 500 or fewer fans in the state of New Jersey means that the New York Giants and New York Jets – who both play at Metlife Stadium in the Garden State – will be playing in front... Read more
NASCAR All Star Race Featured Largest U.S. Crowd Since March
An estimated 20,000 fans watched Chase Elliot race to victory in NASCAR’s All-Star event in Bristol, Tennessee Wednesday, which marks the largest ticketed event since the coronavirus pandemic ground live entertainment to a halt earlier this year. The event took place at Bristol Motor Speedway, relocated from its initial... Read more
DOJ Approves Live Nation Owner’s Increased Stake in iHeartMedia
Live Nation Entertainment owner Liberty Media got approval from the Department of Justice to dramatically increase its stake in iHeartMedia, over the objection of anti-monopoly advocates. Liberty, which already controls Sirius XM and Pandora in addition to its 33 percent stake in Live Nation and Ticketmaster, got approval to... Read more
Philadelphia Announces Halt on Large Events Through February 2021
Mayor Jim Kenney announced that the City of Philadelphia is prohibiting any large public events for more than six months in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, installing a cap of 50 people on any event held on public property. The halt, which is through February... Read more
Texas Motor Speedway Prepares for Fans at NASCAR Race Sunday
Texas Motor Speedway is in the final stages of preparations for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Sunday, where fans will be allowed up to 50% of the venue’s capacity, despite the recent spike in cases in many states, Texas included. After approving larger scale outdoor events including the race... Read more
Pac-12 Moves Fall Sports to Conference-Only Schedule
College sports saw its third Division I conference announce a substantial alteration of its fall athletics landscape, as the Pac-12 indicated Friday evening that it would have conference-only schedules amid the coronavirus pandemic. Impacted sports include Football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. “The health and safety of... Read more