Actors' Equity Association, the national labor union representing professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, released the following statement regarding the updated HEROES Act, introduced by House Democrats.
"I'm grateful for the leadership of the House Democrats, who have added essential arts funding to the HEROES Act. This is a meaningful recognition that our industry matters," said Kate Shindle, president of Actors' Equity Association. "The arts are an economic hub; when people go to live events, they pay for child care, stay in hotels, patronize restaurants and more. With the continuing near-total shutdown of our industry, the unemployment provisions in the HEROES Act are critical. Our members have lost work through no fault of their own and relied on those $600 a week payments - before they were allowed to expire - to pay bills until we can safely return to work. It is inexcusable that the Senate has still refused to take action on the HEROES Act."