Announcement follows rapid growth of newly established National Independent Venue Association, which
now includes more than 1,000 venues and promoters across the U.S.
INDIANAPOLIS (April 30, 2020) – As Indiana’s top independent music venues and promoters fight for survival amid mandated shutdowns due to COVID-19, they have joined together to announce the formation of the Indiana Independent Venue Alliance (IIVA). An alliance of Indiana-based independent concert venues, music festivals and live music promoters, the IIVA is a not-for-profit organization that provides resources, education and emergency relief efforts to help preserve Indiana’s live music ecosystem which plays a vital role in the state’s economy.
The IIVA’s focus is on local and statewide venues. The Indiana based organization also strongly supports the recently announced national organization known as the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), whose members, employees, artists and local communities are facing an existential crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and are in urgent need of targeted legislative and regulatory assistance. For complete details on NIVA’s efforts and initiatives please visit: www.nivaassoc.org
The pandemic has forced a halt to the business operations for small and mid-sized venues in Indiana and across the country, threatening their existence in an already challenging landscape where they’ve largely operated on their own islands. With the complete and sudden shutdown, these entities have been dealt a devastating blow with revenues paused while overhead costs remain.
Dustin Boyer of Duke’s Indy said, “The nature of the live music industry is much different than other industries. It takes months for advance planning for live shows with tour routings and lead times with artists, their agents and management. Due to these current uncertain times, our live music calendar has been cleared. Even as restrictions are lifted, our path to reopening as a music venue could go into fall 2020 or later. There’s no way to predict the new “norm”. That makes it difficult to know how and if we can survive.”
According to NIVA, it is estimated that for every $1 spent on a ticket, a total of $12 in economic activity is generated within communities on restaurants, hotels, taxis, and retail establishments. Though members represent small businesses, the estimated direct annual economic impact NIVA members venues and events bring to their local communities is nearly $10 billion.
IIVA membership is at no cost to venues, promoters and festivals and is accessible here: www.indianavenuealliance.org. Current participating Indiana venues that are either members of IIVA and/or NIVA or both include:
- Square Cat Vinyl – Indianapolis
- Duke’s Indy – Indianapolis
- Melody Inn – Indianapolis
- Red Bicycle Hall – Madison
- Derby Dinner Playhouse – Clarksville
- Unbroken Circle Productions – Madison
- State Street Pub – Indianapolis
- HI-FI / MOKB Presents – Indianapolis
- The Jazz Kitchen – Indianapolis
- The Vogue – Indianapolis
- Healer DIY – Indianapolis
- White Rabbit Cabaret – Indianapolis
- Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis
- The Bluebird – Bloomington
- The Clyde Theatre – Fort Wayne
- The Mousetrap – Indianapolis
About the Indiana Independent Venue Alliance
The Indiana Independent Venue Alliance (IIVA) is a not-for-profit organization that empowers and preserves Indiana’s live music community. IIVA is an alliance of Indiana-based independent concert venues, live music promoters and music festivals. As small business owners, the IIVA community plays a critical role in our state’s arts and culture economy. These cultural hubs are centerpieces of our neighborhoods. As businesses they provide highly skilled jobs, contribute to the tax base and drive tourism dollars.
IIVA businesses were among first to be closed during the current pandemic and will be the last to open. The financial recovery process far exceeds opening the front doors, requiring solutions unique to this industry to keep our employees, fans and artists safe. The organization is relentlessly dedicated to protecting and supporting our independent community of statewide venues.