The National Independent Venue Association, otherwise known as NIVA, has collaborated with live occasion makers and other industry gatherings, including Live Nation, AEG, We Make Events, The Broadway League, National Independent Talent Organization, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg, to offer their settings and staff to President Joe Biden to help during the time spent giving out COVID antibodies. It is anything but a novel thought – Coachella makers Goldenvoice have been in talks with Riverside County, CA to make a mass inoculation site – and with occasion laborers proceeding to climate the business closure, with no new work not too far off, their involvement with setting up spaces and overseeing hordes of individuals could be a significant aid to the antibody exertion.
“Since the pandemic shuttered our industry almost a year ago, our buildings and our co-workers have been paused, unutilized, and struggling,” Dayna Frank, owner & CEO of First Avenue Productions, and Board President of NIVA, says. “These vaccines are our best chance at putting COVID-19 behind us, and our experiences organizing events and managing crowds now put us in the unique position of being the best prepared and most qualified industry to support the vaccination effort and get this country on the road to recovery.”
“Event venues make ideal community vaccination sites: they are located in most urban, suburban and rural communities, often near transit lines and with easy access to parking,” the letter reads. “Our interiors are clear span with bright work lights and empty standard refrigeration systems. Due to the nature of our business, our buildings and workforce are accustomed to patron queuing and crowd management. Live events is one of the best prepared, best equipped, most experienced industries in America to manage and control large crowds in a rapid, organized fashion. Moving people in, out, and around a public gathering space swiftly and safely is the foundation of our industry. Additionally, our familiarity using ticketing systems for advanced notification, timed entry and crowd management can greatly improve patient experience before and during vaccination as well as on-site management. There are several thousand companies in the live event industry which own the equipment and infrastructure required to build vaccination sites.”