Leisure Trade Teams Search Reform of Pandemic Unemployment Help Program

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A coalition of greater than three dozen leisure business organizations is asking Congress to reform the implementation of the CARES Act by enacting a brand new COVID aid bundle.

The teams embody Actors Fairness, the American Federation of Musicians, SAG-AFTRA, the Recording Trade Affiliation of America, Digital Media Affiliation, Paradigm Expertise Company, the Recording Academy, the Writers Guild of America East and music publishers ASCAP, BMI and the Affiliation of Impartial Music Publishers. In a letter to Congress launched Friday, the teams stated that the implementation of the Pandemic Unemployment Help program has neglected employees who’ve blended revenue and report it on W-2 and 1099 kinds.

“For these of us within the artistic area to outlive – and get well – after this disaster, we should be capable of entry the complete help meant by Congress,” the letter stated. “Given the distinctive nature of our business, many in our occupation work from challenge to challenge and gig to gig, not solely in a number of jobs however in numerous capacities. In consequence, creators typically discover themselves working as workers receiving W-2 wages and as unbiased contractors (or in any other case self-employed) receiving 1099 revenue for performances, royalties, and different providers. Sadly, implementation of the Pandemic Unemployment Help (PUA) program has neglected employees with blended revenue.”

“In nearly all circumstances that we see in each state, a minimal quantity of W-2 revenue disqualifies a self-employed particular person for PUA and considerably lowers the quantity of help they obtain. PUA have to be up to date to acknowledge these completely different revenue streams and permit people to point out their blended sources of income for a full accounting of their annual revenue,” the letter went on.

Different signees on the letter embody Academy of Nation Music, Alliance for Recorded Music, the American Affiliation of Impartial Music, Americana Music Affiliation, Artist Rights Alliance, California Arts Advocates, Christian Music Commerce Affiliation, Church Music Publishers Affiliation, Nation Music Affiliation, Folks Alliance Worldwide, Gospel Music Affiliation, Worldwide Bluegrass Music Affiliation, MusicAnswers, Songwriters Guild of America, SoundExchange and the Southern Gospel Music Guild.

The CARES Act is also called The Coronavirus Assist, Reduction, and Financial Safety Act. President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion financial stimulus bundle on March 27 to mitigate the worst results of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. economic system.

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