OPEN LETTER FROM THE LIVE EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT SECTOR PUBLISHED WITH OVER 600 SIGNATURES FROM ACROSS THE DEVASTATED INDUSTRY.

This week (14th – 20th September) is National Awareness Week for the Live Entertainment & Event Industry in Ireland.

Today, EPIC have released an open letter from the Live Events and Entertainment Sector with over 600 signatures from across the industry. The letter is accompanied by the video ‘This Is Who We Are’ voiced by Stephen James Smith.

The letter is part of National Awareness Week for the Live Entertainment & Event Industry in Ireland and follows EPIC’s (Event Production Industry Covid19 Working Group) Pre-Budget Submission (https://www.epicwg.com/) presented last Wednesday 16 September. 

All week venues across the country have been lighting up red in support of National Awareness Week and EPIC’s Pre-Budget submission. Some of the venues taking part include 3Arena, RDS, Aviva Stadium, Croke Park, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Gaiety Theatre, Olympia Theatre, Dolans, Roisin Dubh, INEC, Town Hall Theatre Galway amongst others around the country.

It is now 190 days since the Live Entertainment and Events Industry has been forced to close. The  Non-Funded Event Industry supports over 35,000 jobs, contributes over €3.5 billion Euro to the economy and in excess of 3 million annual bed nights to the wider tourism sector. For the first time in the Event Industry history, employers, workers and freelancers from viable operations are unable to trade and to work.  The commercial non-funded sector has never asked for support before but these are unprecedented times.