Helping Hands | April 1, 2022 | Washington Festivals & Events Association & ASSET
Helping Hands
A newsletter to help you make decisions
during and after the COVID-19 crisis
Resources for WFEA & ASSET Members
Washington courts Hollywood with
new movie studio and tax incentive
From Crosscut

For years, Seattle film industry insiders have said they need two things to have a fighting chance against thriving movie production centers like Portland and Vancouver, British Columbia: a decent tax incentive and a major indoor film studio.

Washington State Fair lists opening
for a new Chief Executive Officer
From Washington State Fair

The Washington State Fair Board of Directors is seeking a talented and dynamic individual to continue sharing the organization’s mission and vision to diverse constituents and the community. The Board delegates responsibility for management and day-to-day operations to the CEO and s/he has the authority to carry out these responsibilities. The CEO provides strategic assistance to the Board enabling them to carry out its governance functions. He/she is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the company by working with the Board and other management to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies.

Omicron BA.2 will soon dominate in
U.S. but another surge not expected

Omicron’s more contagious subvariant, BA.2, has more than doubled in prevalence over the past two weeks in the U.S. and now represents more than 34% of Covid-19 infections that have undergone genetic sequencing, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week.

Kharkiv residents soothed by classical
music in underground Ukraine festival
From Classic FM

Kharkiv’s international music festival was due to start on 26 March, but plans were halted because of the war. Now, its musicians are playing in train stations beneath the city...

Not built for me: The New Zealand
festivals that champion disability
From Stuff

Disabled people navigate a world that is often not built to suit their needs. In the final part of this six-part series, Caroline Williams investigates places in Auckland that are commended for being accessible.

‘Mitigation efforts were successful:’
100 COVID-19 cases tied to SXSW

Of the more than 100,000 people who were in and out of the 2022 South by Southwest Conference & Festivals, roughly 100 COVID-19 cases have been traced to the event, according to Dr. Desmar Walkes, the Austin-Travis County health authority.

Calgary Stampede nearly gallops past
COVID red ink, back to normal in 2022?
From Calgary Harold

After shaving its pandemic losses by 70 per cent last year, the Calgary Stampede is banking on a break-even 2022 and a return to near-normal for its 10-day summer roundup. The scaled-down version of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth saw it significantly reduce losses — from $26.5 million in 2020 to $8.3-million last year.

Touring Kentucky Derby Fest parade
to tour through 30+ neighborhoods

Believe it or not, the Kentucky Derby Festival's Pegasus Parade is right around the corner. The annual parade, which now travels around the community, happens on Saturday, April 2. There will be about a dozen units covering several miles, and it'll drive through more than 30 neighborhoods around Louisville and Jefferson County.

John Oliver Exposes Why You Always Get Screwed Buying From Ticketmaster
From Huffpost

John Oliver on Sunday night took a closer look at “one of the most hated companies on Earth,” and it’s Ticketmaster.

Ticketmaster, Oliver said, has “turbocharged many of the practices that have now become industry standard,” including exorbitant fees that can cost nearly as much as the ticket itself.

Riot Fest Extends Fundraiser to Help Ukraine With New Goal of $100K
From NBC Chicago

As support for Ukraine builds in Chicago with continued signs of solidarity, Riot Fest has joined in on fundraising efforts for the country. Backed by its founder Mike Petryshyn, Chicago’s three-day summer music festival launched its emergency fundraiser March 11 along with two newly-designed shirts to be sold. All proceeds from the merchandise sales will be split between Razom for Ukraine, an aid agency assisting those affected by the war, and Revived Soldiers Ukraine to support citizens and soldiers. 

After Astroworld in Houston, what is
Being done to prevent another crush?
From DJ Mag

After the tragic events of Astroworld Festival last year, Will Pritchard examines the science, politics and history of crowd crushes at mass gatherings, and asks experts how organisers can make future large music events safer

Follow University of Washington
“Chris Murray” COVID-19 Model
Referenced in a White House press briefing as the “Chris Murray Model,” IHME’s COVID-19 projections show demand for hospital services and peak numbers of COVID-19 deaths and cases. 

This is our 47th issue of “Helping Hands,” a newsletter designed to include articles that might help you with your decision making during COVID-19.

If you have story ideas, please let us know, as we’d like to share how you’re dealing with the crisis in future issues.
Helping Hands | April 1, 2022 | Washington Festivals & Events Association & ASSET