The independent entertainment venues and promoters from southern California, all members of the recently formed National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), have worked together to plan a local day of action for August 4, 2020 to seek support for the Save Our Stages Act and RESTART Act, two bills that have been introduced to ensure the survival of independent venues across the nation.

The Save Our Stages Act (S. 4258), introduced by Senators John Cornyn (Texas) and Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota), and the RESTART Act (S. 3814 /H.R. 7481), introduced by Senators Todd Young (Indiana) and Michael Bennet (Colorado) and Representatives Jared Golden (Maine) and George Kelly (Pennsylvania), provide vital support for independent venues that have lost nearly 100 percent of their revenue since the pandemic began in March. These venues will remain closed well into 2021 due to safety concerns posed by large gatherings.

These institutions draw most of their revenue from acts that tour the United States, and until it’s safe to do so en masse, it won’t be possible for venues to bring back their staff. Ninety percent of the 2,400 national members of NIVA have stated 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.

A recent Chicago study estimated that $1 spent at a small venue resulted in $12 of economic activity in their neighborhoods: meals, coffee, local transportation, hotels, retail, etc. Venues are economic generators, beloved institutions, and most importantly, community builders. More than 1.3 million live music lovers have written letters to their elected officials via

#SaveOurStages #SaveCaliforniaStages

Southern California based NIVA members include:

1720 – Los Angeles

Acropolis Music Group – Orange

Adams Avenue Street Fair – San Diego

Adams Avenue Unplugged – San Diego

Alex’s Bar – Long Beach

Amplified Ale Works – San Diego

Arcadia Blues Club – Arcadia

ArtDontSleep – Los Angeles

At The Top – Long Beach

Aztec Brewing Company – Vista

Baby’s All Right – Los Angeles

Bar Pink – San Diego

Bayfest – San Diego

Belly Up Entertainment – Solana Beach

Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles

Brick By Brick – San Diego

Candlelight Pavilion – Claremont

Casbah – San Diego

Center Theatre Group – Los Angeles

Chain Reaction – Anaheim

Commissary Lounge – Costa Mesa

Coomber Craft Wines – Oceanside

Cowboy Country – Long Beach

Danny Wimmer Presents – Los Angeles

Decades Bar & Grill – Anaheim

Dig Deeper – Los Angeles

Discovery Ventura – Ventura

Donald Andes – Los Angeles

Dusk Camp – Los Angeles

Dynasty Typewriter – Los Angeles

Echo Park Rising – Los Angeles

FanFlex – Tustin

Finest City Improv – San Diego

Flappers Comedy Club – Burbank

Full Circle Saloon – Santee

Gallagher’s Irish Pub – Huntington Beach

GIG International – New Blues Festival – Long Beach

Glendale Centre Theatre – Glendale

Globe Theatre – Los Angeles

Gold Diggers – Los Angeles

Goodbar – San Diego

Grand Vision Foundation – San Pedro

Hollywood Post 43, The American Legion – Los Angeles

Knitting Factory Entertainment – Los Angeles

Ham and Eggs – Los Angeles

Harvelle’s Santa Monica – Santa Monica

Hopmonk Tavern – Novato

Hopmonk Tavern – Sebastopol

Hotel Cafe – Los Angeles

In Fuzz we Trust Presents – Los Angeles

In Your Pocket Presents – Indio

Jazz Is Dead – Los Angeles

Joi Rhone Presents – Brentwood

Junior High – Los Angeles

Kohai – Los Angeles

L’Affaire Musicale – Los Angeles

Largo at the Coronet – Los Angeles

Levitt Pavillion – Los Angeles

Lodge Room – Los Angeles

Lyric Theatre – Los Angeles

MakeOutMusic – Los Angeles

Maui Sugar Mill Saloon – Tarzana

M.I.’s Westside Comedy Theater – Santa Monica

Mixed Feelings – Los Angeles

Minty Boi Presents – Los Angeles

Molly Malones Irish Pub – Los Angeles

Mozambique – Laguna Beach

Music Box – San Diego

Nederlander Concerts – Los Angeles

Ola Sonica – Anaheim

Old Town Blues Club – Temecula

Omega Events – Foothill Ranch

Oxnard Performing Arts Center – Oxnard

Pappy & Harriet’s – Pioneertown

Permanent Records’ Roadhouse – Los Angeles

PinUp Presents – Los Angeles

Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival – Los Angeles

Queen Bee’s – San Diego

Rainbow Bar And Grill – West Hollywood

Rebel Dharma – Bombay Beach

Riot Scene – San Diego

Rum & Humble, Inc. – Los Angeles

Rumba Room Live – Anaheim

Sad Summer – Anaheim

Saint Rocke – Hermosa Beach

Same Same But Different – San Diego

Sean Healy Presents – Hollywood

Sellout Events – Huntington Beach

Senator Jones – Santa Monica

Shut Up and Dance – Long Beach

Sid The Cat Presents – Los Angeles

Ski Inn – Bombay Beach

Skyloft – Laguna Beach

Soda Bar – San Diego

Sound – Los Angeles

South Bay Customs – El Segundo

Sterling Venue Ventures – Beverly Hills

Surround – Los Angeles

Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles

The Alibi – Palm Springs

The Bancroft – San Diego

The BeachLife Festival – Redondo Beach

The Canyon Agoura Hills – Agoura Hills

The Canyon Montclair – Montclair

The Canyon Santa Clarita – Santa Clarita

The CLCTV – Los Angeles

The Coach House Concert Hall – San Juan Capistrano

The Comedy Store – Los Angeles

The Continental Room – Fullerton

The Glass House – Pomona

The Grand Annex – San Pedro

The Hi Hat – Los Angeles

The Holding Company – San Diego

The Hotel Cafe – Los Angeles

The Lash – Los Angeles

The Mayan – Los Angeles

The Merrow – San Diego

The Mint – Los Angeles

The Moroccan Lounge – Los Angeles

The Music Center – Los Angeles

The Paramount – Los Angeles

The Regent Theater – Los Angeles

The Sardine – San Pedro

The Satellite – Los Angeles

The Silverlake Lounge – Los Angeles

The Tower Bar – San Diego

The Venice West – Venice

The Vermont Hollywood – Los Angeles

The Viper Room – Los Angeles

Theatre at Ace Hotel – Los Angeles

Til Two Club – San Diego

Trip – Santa Monica

Troubadour – Los Angeles

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres – Los Angeles

What The Sound – Los Angeles

Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood

Wilshire Ebell Theatre – Los Angeles

Wingwalker Brewing – Monrovia

Winston’s – San Diego

Wisdome LA – Los Angeles

Zebulon – Los Angeles


ABOUT NIVA: Formed at the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), now represents more than 2,400 members in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. These independent venues and promoters were the first to close and will be the last to fully reopen. NIVA’s mission is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live music venues, promoters and festivals throughout the United States.

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