Defining Live Events
In conjunction with the National Live Events Coalition’s release of their document describing the Live Event Industry, we wanted to take a moment to re-familiarize you with the scope involved in live events – we’re an industry that touches on and impacts every single state visitor and resident, though most may not even realize it.
What constitutes a Live Event? Concerts, yes, but also luau, conventions and trade shows, craft and farm fairs, family reunions and graduation celebrations, festivals and block parties, and charitable and political fundraisers – of many sizes.
In addition to Live Event and Performance venues, most of our businesses and workers are the “behind the scenes’ professionals who make all Live Events “go.” We are the service providers that include convention planners, booking agents, stage designers, AV, Audio, Lighting, DJs, rentals, tents, floral, décor, caterers, ticketing, security, hygiene…and so many more. The industries we touch upon include hospitality and tourism, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and service providers like wedding planners, hotel banquet staffs, janitors, limousine and shuttle drivers, valet car parkers, and on and on.
These sectors are all suffering in the same way.
In Hawai‘i especially but all across the country, the Live Events industry is comprised primarily of small businesses which, before COVID-19, served as major economic engines in terms of space rental, payroll, excise and business taxes, and the like. Together with our mainland counterparts, we comprise 92% of the U.S. Live Event industry as defined under the pending “Shuttered Venue Operators Grant” now before Congress, which targets a scant 8% of all Live Event venues, companies and professionals – see how you can take emergency action on this here.
As closely held a population as each island is in our state, someone in your family, among your friends or in your neighborhood is a Live Event worker. Show them your support by joining us in our endeavors.
We’re sharing an excellent presentation from Live Events Coalition that provides really good statistics on our industry and the challenges it now faces: