Helping Hands | June 18th, 2021 | 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
Superhero Musicfest Charity Benefit
looking for vendors in Ocean Shores
From 2021 Ocean Shores Superhero Concert Summer Series Fest

Please see the attached – the Superhero Musicfest Charity Benefit Event is looking for vendors for their event July 30 – August 1 in Ocean Shores. The event will feature Whiskey River, America’s No. 1 Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band.

Washington State Fair returns this
September after 2020 cancellation
From Yaktrinews

After the fun and games of the Washington State Fair were put on hold during the height of the pandemic, it’s set to return this September.

Following Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement that Washington will fully re-open by June 30, event organizers got to work preparing to welcome staff, vendors, and guests back to the fair. The state’s single largest event will run from Sept. 3 through Sept. 30, 2021.

Summerfest in Milwaukee goes
cashless for first time in 2021
From Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

Your cash isn't welcome at Summerfest 2021 — physical cash, that is.

For the first time, the Milwaukee music festival, the largest in America, is going cashless.

Watch: Fireworks across New York
celebrate end of COVID restrictions

Firework displays across New York to celebrate the end of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions, which were officially lifted Tuesday afternoon.

Gov. Cuomo made the announcement after the CDC reported 70.0% of New Yorkers age 18 or older have received at least the first dose of a vaccine. That was the threshold Cuomo said would trigger the relaxing of most restrictions. The CDC says 50.3% of all New Yorkers are fully vaccinated.

Not quite ready to rock: UK fests
return hit by lack of loos and tents
From The Guardian

A critical shortage of both equipment and crew has left organizers scrambling to prepare for summer events

Senators Klobuchar, Cornyn demand
‘action’ over save our stages delay
From Variety

Almost six months after Congress passed the $16 billion Save Our Stages act into law, less than 100 of the nearly 5,000 struggling independent venues have been approved for relief money, according to its most recent report, released June 9 by the Small Business Administration, which distributes the loans. Venue sources tell Variety that just “a few” have actually received any money.

Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show
will return this year, Mayor announces

The traditional Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show will return to New York City this year after the pandemic forced changes to the celebration in 2020, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

‘I’m starting over’: Arts festival vendors
are happy to be back on the road again
From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As the vaccination rate rises and coronavirus hospital admissions decline, the step toward normalcy arrived just in time for some of the festival’s street vendors who haven’t worked since the summer of 2019.

How music festivals have bounced back
this year despite COVID-19 pandemic
From Mixdown Mag

2020 saw most major festivals and shows cancelled worldwide, but with optimism around vaccine rollouts and greater practice in dealing with the virus, festivals are back. 

Here’s Japan’s plan to stop COVID-19
outbreaks during the Olympic Games
From Healthline

All signs point to the Olympics going ahead as scheduled.

In preparation, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) released a series of playbooks detailing how athletes, support staff, and others will be protected from COVID-19 during the games.

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 36th 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 | June 18th, 2021 | Washington Festivals & Events Association & ASSET