Almost everyone you know has seen a concert that has moved them. Those productions always take over 100+ traveling crew members to set up by the time doors open. During the show they sweat and hustle, after the show, they spend more hours erasing evidence that they were ever there at all. Many of these key players work an average of 20 hours a day, then move on to the next city to make it happen all over again.
Many of these crew members, "roadies," have been doing this as a career for decades. Some of these roadies, while experts in this field, have never had any other job experience. Since the world pandemic, well over a hundred thousand of these people are left with no income and no financial assistance.
I personally know over 500 roadies in this crisis. There are no concerts or events in the foreseeable future. At the beginning of 2020, job opportunity ceased to exist and 2021 remains uncertain. Unemployment doesn't recognize expert level trade skills, therefore, leaving 100s of us without a secure livelihood.
My goal with this go fund me is to offer some relief to some of the dedicated people I have worked with in the last 27 years. Just like you they have families, mortgages, car payments, and day care. Commonly, these workers lean on their savings between tour cycles, but those funds have run thin or out. Just like you, the pandemic sent this people into uncharted territory. This go fund me is designed to help them navigate these waters.
I have contacted congressmen and women, senators, and governors and have been met with no solutions. Their replies are a formal brushoff. A dead end.
Where does your money go ?
roadie relief has a website roadierelief.org
roadies in need will apply there to receive this
funding. Looking to help as many out of work liveevent workers as possible
- Vincent Dagenais
- Jayson High
- Tracey Phillips
- Tim Ackerman
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