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Tuesday, September 1


#REDALERTRESTART - Live events need YOU to help save our stages!

In these unprecedented times, the arts and entertainment industry was the first to close and will be among the last to re-open. That impact is not just felt on our stages, but also in our communities, adversely affecting shops, restaurants, and bars that benefit from our patrons. Federal relief funding is a critical lifeline for our business and others throughout the nation.

Not only has Prescott Park Arts Festival lost its iconic summer festival season in order to protect the health of our community, but all of the other arts organizations in Portsmouth, that make this city so special, have been and will continue to be impacted by this shutdown.

We literally turn our stages red tonight to raise awareness of the critical situation arts organizations throughout the country find themselves in. Together, we are in RED ALERT to save our precious stages.


As Americans, we are privileged to use our voices to advocate for the things that define us. Please help the arts and entertainment industry fight for the survival of our stages. 

Two important bills are being presented to the House and Senate—the Save Our Stages Act and the Restart Act. These two pieces of legislation would provide critical COVID relief funding for Prescott Park Arts Festival, as well as other entertainment venues and organizations in our community and across the country.

90% of the 2,400 national independent venue association members say that they will be forced to close their doors if the shutdown lasts 6 months or more and they do not get meaningful support from Congress.

 Your voice and support will help advocate for the passage of these bills.

  • The SAVE OUR STAGES (SOS) Act (S: 4258) would create a $10 billion grant program for live venue operators to help pay employees and preserve this critical economic sector for our communities.
  • The RESTART Act (S: 3814HR: 7481) would create a new loan program to cover six months of payroll, benefits and operating expenses for small businesses—including arts & cultural organizations and entertainment venues—that have taken a substantial revenue hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Submitting a letter of support is easy! Click on these links to contact your elected officials:




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