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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 Tuesday, 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
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - Sundays at The W Hotel Living Room, Hollywood - Join vocalist Angie G with a rotating cast of L.A.'s finest supporting musicians every Sunday night in Hollywood for an evening of upscale jazz featuring the best of the Great American Songbook and more! 8PM
NOTE: California Governor Gavin Newsom's directive of March 15, 2020 will close most bars and regular venues for jazz across California no matter how small with rare exception. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti isssued an order on March 15, 2020 ordering all restaurants, bars, and live entertainment venues to close through March 31, 2020. On March 17, 2020, Orange County issued an order essentially forbidding all public gatherings through March 31, 2020. As of March 18, 2020 the Palm Springs area, San Bernadino County, Ventura County and San Diego County are all shutting down bars, restaurants and clubs through the end of March.
These orders have now generally been extended across Southern California through April 30, 2020. Los Angeles and Los Angeles County have extended their orders through May 15, 2020, and it can be expected that other local governments will do the same.
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