Coronavirus – COVID-19 Message 9 – April 20, 2020
During the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, LAjazz.com will continue to do its best to update you as to the status of live jazz events across Southern California.
The city and County of Los Angeles announced on April 10, 2020 that the Safer-At-Home order keeping live music venues closed will extend through at least May 15, 2020.
As of March 14, 2020 most touring acts have stopped coming to California and this can be expected to continue for the next 6-12 weeks, depending on further developments. Based on statements from local, state, and federal authorities, LAJazz.com expects music venues in Southern California to likely be closed through at least May 15, 2020. Governor Newsom has requested all persons 65 and over in California to self-quarantine until further notice.
A growing number of musicians are presenting concerts and giving lessons via outlets including Facebook, Zoom, and others. Please follow your favorite musician pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with notices of live online performances, and support musicians however you can.
The State Of California has announced that freelance musicians will be able to apply for unemployment benefits through the EDD website beginning Monday, April 28, 2020.
Also, the office of California State Representative Lorena Gonzalez announced that most freelance musicians would shortly be exempted from Californa’s AB5 rules concerning contractors – the expected legislation changing AB5 for musicians is expected to pass the legislature shortly and be retroactive to January 1, 2020.
Please feel free to reach out to us at LAjazzfeedback@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.
Be smart and help your local musicians, venues, and neighbors during this period – LAjazz.com will do its part to keep you up to date and informed seven days a week. Be safe out there, and remember what a gift live music is to all of us.
Tom Meek – President & Managing Editor, LAjazz.com