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Sen. Blumenthal: Federal Government Needs To Help Entertainment Industry

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.
J. Scott Applewhite
Conn. Sen. Richard Blumenthal

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and leaders of Connecticut’s entertainment industry gathered outside the city’s Bushnell Performing Arts Center this week to bring awareness to the state’s music and event venues impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The measure that I am helping to lead – Save our Stages – would provide more grants and long-term loans to bridge the chasm that these venues face right now," he said. "It simply is impossible to bring people together in an audience.”

Blumenthal said the federal government needs to act fast to help the entertainment industry pay their employees and stay in business.

Under Connecticut’s reopening plan, no venue can have a gathering of more than 25 people inside a venue for 100 people outside.

An award-winning freelance reporter/host for WSHU, Brian lives in southeastern Connecticut and covers stories for WSHU across the Eastern side of the state.