Venues are getting hit hard as the pandemic surges with an “upwards of 90% revenue loss” according to the National Independent Venue Association. As California rolls back its reopening phases as more reported cases come in, many independent businesses are weighing out their options to save what they can.
Los Angeles’ The Satellite, which has been a staple in the community since 1967 and serving the stage to local artists and fans for 25 years, announced today that they will no longer be having shows.
In an somber Instagram post, The Satellite expressed that they could no longer “afford to wait” to re-open for live music, which if they were to do it would mean the end for The Satellite. Instead, the venue shared a re-design plan, aiming to be more of a place for food and drinks.
To all of the Satellite fans out there, I am sorry to say that we will no longer be doing live shows or dance parties. We would like to thank you for all the support you have shown us over the years.
We shut our doors March 12 after the bands started canceling shows due to the corona virus and the Government shutting down the bars and nightclubs just a few days later. It has really hit us hard. We can no longer afford to wait for the day we will be allowed to have shows again. If we do that, we will not have the money to continue and will be forced to close forever.
We are currently removing the stage and redesigning the club to be more of a place to get good quality drinks and food. We will be re-opening the kitchen and doing a complete redesign. Due to the lack of funds, this will not happen quickly. We will be opening in the parking lot for food and drinks as soon as we have the kitchen re-opened or the government lets us hire a food truck. We hope you will still support us during these tough times.
It personally has been an amazing 25 years of live music and dance parties. I will miss those days but it is time for us to move on.
I would hope that you will support groups like NIVA. They are trying to raise support in Congress and the Senate to help out all the Independent clubs in the US so they do not have to change format like we did or just close the doors for ever. Go to their site and show your support so we can start going to shows again!
According to NIVA (National Independent Venue Association), many venues will close without federal funding as PPP is not enough. Business Insider reports that live events provide 75% of all artists’ income.
Local communities will also be impacted by the loss of venues with NIVA stating for “every $1 spent on a ticket at a small venue, a total of $12 in economic activity is generated within communities on restaurants, hotels, taxis, and retail establishments” (estimated direct annual impact venues bring to local communities nears $10 billion).
To support NIVA, please visit here.
To support The Satellite’s GoFund Me Page, visit here.
Cover photo: Rachel Ottenstein