Around Town: Senate Heavy Hitters Back Coronavirus Relief for Music Venues

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) speaks to the Brookings Institution in 2016. (Photo courtesy Brookings Institution)

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) last week introduced the Save Our Stages Act, which would provide Small Business Administration grants for independent live music venue operators affected by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. These grants would provide six months of financial support to keep venues afloat, pay employees, and preserve a critical economic sector for communities across America.

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Around Town: Congrats to the 2020 Wammie Award Winners

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Elizabeth II won the 2020 Wammie Award for Best Rock Song with “Lonely.” (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

The MusicianShip recognized winners of the 2020 Washington Area Music Awards, or Wammies, in a series of virtual announcements with Events DC last week.

Parklife DC salutes the 2020 Wammie Award winners!

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Around Town: Wammie Awards @ Gather, 7/13-7/17/20

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Jonny Grave performs at 9:30 Club on March 9, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 Wammie Awards ceremony, originally scheduled for March to recognize the best of local DC-area music. But now The MusicianShip, the nonprofit producer of the awards program, unveils a schedule for a virtual Wammie Awards to occur over the week of Monday, July 13, to Friday, July 17, via Event DC’s new virtual forum, Gather.

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Required Reading: What I’m Missing Without Live Music

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The Birchmere is among the DC-area music venues closed by the covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Dan Reed)

Required Reading is Parklife DC’s essay series on music appreciation.

Music provides more to its fans than just entertainment. Live shows provide community. They are places where people who share an interest can come together. Losing live music during this pandemic has stripped away my primary outlet for socialization.

I have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Socializing and relationships do not come easily for me. I struggle to make smalltalk. My affect strikes a lot of people as “off.”

Of the many communities where I’ve dipped my toes, none has proved as supportive and welcome as music and music fandom. I can relate to fellow music fans on the basis of a shared interest, which makes me feel comfortable and confident in that setting. I’m even appreciated and respected for my encyclopedic knowledge.

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Around Town: 9:30 Club Opens as Shelter for Protestors, 6/6/20

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9:30 Club (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

From 9:30 Club:

In support of the #BlackLivesMatter protests, 9:30 Club will be open from 1-6pm on Saturday, June 6, as a safe space for protesters heading to/from marches. We will have water, clean restrooms, basic first aid, hand sanitizer, and outlets for charging your phone. We will allow 10 people at a time into the building, masks and social distancing are required.

Around Town: DC Council Candidates Respond to DC Music Community Platform Checklist

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DC’s John A. Wilson Building (Photo by Ted Eytan)

A number of candidates running for DC Council have now responded to a new music platform checklist, making public their opinions on issues including noise restriction, live music zoning, and tax support for gigging musicians. The checklist and policy platform, drafted by a coalition of DC music community representatives, was released on May 19 as an effort to better understand which of the candidates support a thriving and talented DC music economy.

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