New York Senator Chuck Schumer was a featured guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden last week, where the Democratic representative discussed the importance of the Save Our Stages Act.
The Save Our Stages Act was created in response to the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) which represents over 2,000 venues across the country in all 50 states. According to the non-partisan group, 90 percent of its members will be forced to close permanently without substantial government assistance.
Last week, the Senate Minority Leader announced that he would co-sponsor the bill that aims to give $10 billion in grants to independent venues over the next six months. The bi-partisan bill introduced by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) would also benefit the Broadway stages as well, something Schumer made sure to mention.
“We all know broadway is closed, because its a big magnet for New York, and so many people are employed, average middle class people,” Schumer said.
As the New York representative, Schumer is keenly aware of how the loss of the arts has affected New York City. He made sure to mention the Brooklyn venue Baby’s All Right as a prime example of the types of independent venues where the idea of social distancing is practically impossible due to the tight spaces. Schumer’s elevator pitch for the Save Our Stages Act also highlighted the facts that concert venues were the first to close and will also be the last to open, as well as the fixed operating costs of rent and electricity that don’t go away just because there aren’t any concerts. Lastly, the senator engages in some of the heavily-scripted comedy that Democrats are famous for as he notes that he isn’t allowed to do much singing and dancing in public, “because I’m not good at it.”
Watch Chuck Schumer promote the Save Our Stages Act to James Corden.
Senator Chuck Schumer Discusses “Save Our Stages” Act
[Video: The Late Late Show with James Corden]