Helping Hands | August 19th, 2020 | 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
Pacific Northwest Ballet announces
all-digital plan for 2020-21 season
From Pacific Northwest Ballet

With performances in McCaw Hall on indefinite hold, PNB’s 48th season – including world premieres by Penny Saunders, Jessica Lang, Donald Byrd, Alejandro Cerrudo, and Edwaard Liang – evolves to an online format, with audiences being treated to a year of on-demand dance from the comfort and safety of home. Digital access to the full season line-up starts at $190.

Following order by the Governor, film
production open for business in Seattle
From City of Seattle Film Permitting

Pursuant to the Governor’s order to allow film production in Washington State, we are excited to announce that Seattle Master Film Permit applications are now being accepted for productions who are able to meet all guidelines set forth by Washington State’s Phase 2 Motion Picture Production COVID-19 Requirements.

New guidelines: Is Disney’s new mask 
policy a model for the entire country?
From News & Guts

The reopening of Walt Disney World in Orlando, on July 11th, was heavily criticized because it came at a time when Florida’s coronavirus cases were skyrocketing. There is no arguing the timing was off. Based on perception alone, it was hard to see how people would return to a theme park with so many people sick and dying in Florida. A month later, however, it’s interesting to look at what Disney has done and how, in many ways, the company can provide a road map for others to safely get back to business.

Live music in peril as Congress leaves
for recess without passing COVID relief
From Rolling Stone

The fate of the live-music industry — along with that of millions of other small businesses and unemployed Americans — remains up in the air now that both chambers of Congress have left Washington for their August recess without passing a new Covid-19 relief bill.

Virgin Money Unity Arena: The UK’s
first socially distanced concert facility
From Virgin Money Unity Arena

Cars will be parked safely 2 metre distance from each other and attendees will be guided to their own private viewing area, again with a 2 metre area around them, so you can be rest assured that you will enjoy the experience of the performance with a safe distance from other guests around you.

The challenges & benefits of partnership:
How music duos are surviving in 2020
From Forbes

When two artists join forces to form a duo it may seem like an easy leap with a lot of potential musical upside — two heads being better than one — but logistically and financially it has serious implications that the COVID-19 crisis is making even more complicated: Double the need for revenue, double the risk of exposure to the virus, and double the travel constraints. We spoke with three established touring duos and asked how they’re making it through 2020 now that conventional touring is no longer an option.

60% of Sturgis was against motorcycle
rally, here’s why the city approved it
From CNN

Before deciding on whether to hold the 80th annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, the local city council turned to its residents to get their take.

"There was a significant amount of discussion that the council had with residents, businesses and state health officials as well as local health officials," Daniel Ainslie, the city manager, told CNN Sunday.

Disney World to cut theme park hours
as visits drop due to the coronavirus
From USA Today

The COVID-19 surge in Florida has resulted in more cancellations and fewer visitors than the company anticipated, with the park operating at lower capacity, Disney executives announced last week in an earnings webcast. 

Rediscover the Foodie in You: Singapore
Food Festival 2020 gets virtual in August
From Travel Daily Media

For the first time in its history, the Singapore Food Festival (SFF), Singapore’s only event dedicated to local cuisine and local F&B talent, will take on a virtual format this year. Themed ‘Rediscover the Foodie in You’, SFF 2020 will see more than 25 F&B partners coming onboard to serve up gastronomic experiences for festivalgoers to enjoy at home.

Disney World will host COVID-19 tests,
paving way for performers to return
From Orlando Sentinal

On-site public COVID-19 testing will be available on Disney-owned property this week, possibly clearing the way for many actors, dancers and stunt people to return to work — and thereby restoring some of Disney’s most popular shows to its theme parks.

IEG study? US $14bn worth of sponsor
value in the U.S. impacted by COVID-19
From Sports Pro

As much as US$14 billion in sponsorship value needs to be made up in the US following the suspension of live sports and entertainment events, according to IEG, which said the figure equates to over 50 per cent of paid rights fees for this year.

Time to return to theme parks? Not yet,
say nearly 80 % of parents, poll finds
From Miami Herald

Even Disneyland, which remains closed, and Walt Disney World can’t lure most parents back to theme parks with their kids as the coronavirus pandemic continues, a new poll finds.

The poll, by Morning Consult and The Hollywood Reporter, finds that 78% of U.S. parents say it’s too soon to return to any theme park this summer.

Ticketpro Canada surveys ticket buyers
to help devise future ticket strategies
From TicketPro.ca
When live events were cancelled, audiences turned to
streaming in order to entertain themselves at home. Artists
kept in touch with their audiences through social networks,
and most often shared their content at no cost. But continuing
to offer all this content for free is not viable long-term for
artists. The arts, culture and entertainment industry must
adapt and find solutions more suited to this new reality

What we know – and don’t know –
about Russia’s ‘Sputnik V’ vaccine
From CNN

Russia raised eyebrows on Tuesday when it announced the world's first approved coronavirus vaccine for public use.

President Vladimir Putin says his own daughter has already received it, but testing is yet to be completed and experts are skeptical about how quickly the vaccine has been registered.
While details about the research behind the vaccine are limited, here's what we know so far.

Australian Chief Medical Officer:
music festivals ‘relatively high risk’
From NME.com

Acting Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly addressed music festivals in a press conference yesterday (August 11), reiterating that they are “relatively high risk” for COVID-19.

Canadian tourism and events reps
plead for help to survive COVID-19
From ipolitics.ca

Industry reps say an extension of the federal wage subsidy into 2021 is needed to prevent disaster for the tourism and events sectors — among those hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The sector was the first hit, the hardest hit, and will be the last to recover,” Charlotte Bell, president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, told the House of Commons industry committee on Monday.

King County Creative Handbook:
The Event Community's Complete Guide
It is a critical time to slow the spread of COVID-19, support our medical system, and save lives. It’s also a critical moment for the creative community as individuals, organizations, and businesses. And we’re all working to adapt and move forward in the new reality.

This handbook is being rapidly updated to bring together resources to take care of yourself and your family; to support the arts and culture community; and to prepare for recovery.

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. 

Washington State’s Whipsmart Resource List
Whipsmart, a new creative economy-focused nonprofit that gives creative professionals the tools they need to succeed, has assembled a resource list that provides a comprehensive list of resources for creatives that will be updated in real time by a dedicated staff member to ensure that the information is timely and relevant. 

This is our 21st issue of “Helping Hands,” a weekly 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 | August 19th, 2020 | Washington Festivals & Events Association & ASSET