NASHVILLE, TENN. (August 27, 2020) -- Keep the Show Rolling, a caravan of branded live entertainment industry vehicles, will make its way through downtown Nashville Tuesday, September 1, beginning at 2:00 p.m./CT. This is in support of #WeMakeEvents, a national coalition of trade bodies, businesses, unions, and live events workers encouraging Congress to pass the Restart Act to aid small businesses and extend PUA unemployment benefits to the live events industry which has been drastically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The live entertainment industry was one of the first to shut down and will be one of the last to return," said Chris Lisle, creator of Tuesday's caravan, owner of Chris Lisle Lighting Design (Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, among others) and co-creator of the Touring Career Workshop. "Our entire industry is in need of further financial assistance in order to weather the storm. We hope Keep the Show Rolling brings attention to that need and the shear number of people and companies in Nashville that have been impacted."
September 1 has been declared #RedAlertRESTART nationwide by #WeMakeEvents. In addition to the caravan, venues, businesses, and structures around Nashville will be lighted in red to raise awareness of the fact that the live entertainment industry is on red alert for its very survival. Nissan Stadium, the Ascend Amphitheater, Metro Courthouse, Korean Veterans Bridge, Hilton Downtown, Hotel Indigo, and countless businesses including Bandit Lites, Soundcheck/Crew 1, Brantley Sound Associates, Pyrotek Nashville, and Clair Global.
The caravan route includes several locations key to Nashville's live music industry: Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, Ascend Amphitheater, Nissan Stadium, Municipal Auditorium, TPAC, and lower Broadway. A map of the route is below.
To participate in the Keep the Show Rolling caravan: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Touring Career Workshop:
The Touring Career Workshop (TCW), a 501c3, was created in 2011 by Chris Lisle and Erik Parker to educate their colleagues in the touring music industry on key professional and personal topics including financial planning, health insurance, home ownership and mental and physical health self-care. The annual event features lectures from a variety of industry experts as well as networking opportunities. The All Access Program offers four free counseling sessions with an accredited therapist.