“We’ve developed an extensive package of programs to assist (workers and small businesses)… and I want to make sure you know where to go to get that information” Merkley explained.
Musicians and other self-employed creatives who work in the gig economy are scrambling to find relief amid the pandemic that has shuttered venues, restaurants, bars, theaters and coffee shops where they would ordinarily perform. Of the estimated 30,000+ recording musicians in Oregon, who have lost millions in canceled concert losses, most have not been covered by government relief packages until now. But, thanks in part to Senator Merkley, aid is now available to workers who usually fall through safety net cracks.
According to the Executive Director of MusicPortland, Meara McLaughlin, who also joined the live broadcast, nearly half of respondents to a recent MusicPortland survey will have lost 75-100% of their personal income by June 30.
For more information about the MusicPortland Survey, go to MusicPortland.org or click here.