Small businesses in Indianapolis are facing many uncertainties during the COVID-19 pandemic. While some industries such as food and retail are beginning to open, the live music industry is at an unfortunate disadvantage. Live music attracts large crowds, and congregating in groups larger than 25 is still not permitted. The future of live music needs all the help it can get.
Hi-Fi has had to reschedule over 125 events. Continuing on with little to no business is not going to be easy for the venue. Hi-Fi is scheduling a reopen for Wednesday, June 17 at 200 capacity. These shows will likely be local artists. Monday, July 6 will be the reopen date with full capacity. For information on show changes for venues in Indy, head to MOKB’s website.
The Indiana Independent Venue Alliance (IIVA) is a non-profit that is providing relief funds to local venues and spreading awareness of the state of the industry. This organization is focused on unifying over 30 Indiana venues into one voice. Their website has merchandise available, as well as ways to get involved through donations, media, and sponsorships.
Another way to support venues such as Hi-fi and The White Rabbit Cabaret is through buying merchandise. Both of these venues have apparel, mugs, stickers, and other accessories available on their websites. Hifi is also offering curbside carry-out for drinks. Supporting these businesses in any way is only going to improve the future for live music.
The IIVA, along with Klipsch and 92.3 WTTS hosted a live online tribute “Til We Meet Again- A Tribute to The Writers and The Rooms,” with live music and guest speakers to raise awareness of the industry and gain donations. The video is available at the IIVA website. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefited the organization.