Live Events was the first to feel the impact of the crisis when events were canceled as early as January 2020 when news of the pandemic broke out. Live Events is now deemed the last to recover.
Live Events is an “experience industry” with a chain linking various sectors—from theatre, weddings and social events, AVL (audio-video and lights) and staging suppliers, agencies and activations, concerts, gigs, and festivals, freelance production workers, conventions and venues.
What many don’t realize is how large this ecosystem is and the impact on this industry is far, wide, and deep.
Formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its critical impact on the many people behind this industry, various sectors of the Live Events Industry banded together on April 29in alliance with what is now aptly named the National Live Events Coalition PH (NLECPh).
The mission of NLEC PH is to support the people “behind the scenes” and help the many voices that make up the live events industry.
The Live Event industry is not just a temporary shutdown of businesses – it is an entire year of income, trade, and jobs essentially wiped out. Far from a retail industry, where, however devastating it may have been, the retail industry can get to a point where it can reopen, mobilize and bring its staff back in.
The vast majority of the Live Events industry are focused on the delivery of one single large event across the entire year, and that has all been eliminated. NLEC PH is genuinely and actively at the forefront of every live show comprised of planners, producers, agencies, audio, visual, lights and stage suppliers, and a united freelance live event workforce.
The vision of National Live Events Coalition PH is to unite the various sectors of the Live Event Industry without political agendas, hidden schemes, or business interests. It exists to provide advocacy, resources, and a network that connects and supports all of the businesses, contractors, and our workforce – the lifeblood of every event.
The current goals of NLECPh are as follows: 1. Create an awareness campaign that the 'Live Event Industry' is a large sector; 2. Work together with the government in creating realistic plans and strategies for safety precautions for our audience and workforce from ingress to egress; 3. Call attention to the catastrophic effects of Covid-19 on the business of live events.; and 4. Ensure that every sector of the industry is included in the ongoing national conversation in seeking help and assistance for our industry.
Among the personalities who are supporting this alliance include Lea Salonga, Martin Nievera, Rowell Santiago, FDCP chair Liza Diño-Seguerra, Lisa Macuja Elizalde.
On May 20, during the 18th Congress, Congressman Christopher “Toff” De Venecia (son of Manay Gina De Venecia and former House Speaker Joe De Venecia) made his privilege speech about this plight of Live Industry people.
For further information, visit the NLECPh Secretariat on Facebook.
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