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Today is our day of action to push our music worker COVID relief demands! Just call 813-213-3989 and you’ll be guided through calling Congress. Join us, it takes 5 minutes! Post a video of why you’re making the call and tag us and we’ll share to make sure @speakerpelosi @chuckschumer and other lawmakers see it. And be sure to join our livestream rally tonight here at 7pm ET find out more about our demands and ask any questions you have.
UMAW is also in the process of addressing a broader spectrum of workers through subcommittees including venue accountability, label transparency, contract negotiation, streaming service payouts, funds for undocumented workers, and the prioritization of people of color. “In this new universe of music, we must be thinking about the most marginalized, and those that need to be served with the most urgency,” said Lumumba-Kasongo, noting that COVID-19 has disproportionately affected Black and immigrant communities.
While it’s clear that the music industry will be the last to resume operations on the other side of COVID-19, there is also a new dawn upon us. The momentous organizing by UMAW and others (NIVA’s Save Our Stages and Ampled, to name a few) has been a long time coming. “Anything is possible if we fight for it,” said musician and UMAW organizer Evan Greer. “What is possible is defined by how hard we organize, and how much pressure we put on representatives.”