Red Alert RESTART: Old School Square Goes Red In Nationwide Campaign To Save Our Stages

August 25, 2020 7:00 am


The Florida Professional Presenters Consortium, a statewide organization of over 60 performing arts venues, including Old School Square Center for the Arts in Delray Beach, FL, is joining “Red Alert,” a nationwide effort to encourage Congress to provide relief for the live entertainment industry, which has been uniquely affected by the pandemic.

On Tuesday night, September 1, 2020 from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight, performing arts venues across the nation and across Florida will light their exteriors in red as part of a nationwide call to action, imploring the US Congress to pass the RESTART Act (S. 3814/H.R. 7481) and the Save Our Stages Act (S. 4258/H.R. 7806) as quickly as possible.

The RESTART Act and the Save Our Stages Act offer economic relief to the live events industry, which has been shuttered since March, 2020. Red Alert also advocates for extending Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, to provide relief to those without work since March due to COVID-19. Nationwide, 12 million show workers are estimated to be unemployed because of Covid-19, including designers, technicians, programmers, stagehands and others.

Shannon Eadon, President and CEO of Old School Square said, “Performing arts venues are closed because we know that Covid-19 spreads within intimate, closed spaces, which of course perfectly describes a theatre or club. We were the first to close and will be the last to open. We’re happy to do it, but we are without income, and need help.”

Kevin Stone, President of Florida Presenters said, “Our culture, the music, dance and theatre created and performed in each of our cities, is what makes them unique and special places. We must make sure that survives. It’s also about jobs and the economy. The member venues of Florida Presenters alone create a total economic impact every year of $495 million, which supports the Full Time Equivalent of 15,425 jobs, $377.7 million of household income, $21.8 million of local government fees and taxes, and $26.1 million of state government fees and taxes.”

Fans and the general public can help raise awareness and create pressure on Congress to act now in several ways. Visit to send a letter to your US Senators and your US Representative. Use the hashtags #SAVEOURSTAGES and #RedAlertRESTART on social media. Light your own residence or business red in a show of solidarity, or use a red filter on a social media image.

The Florida Professional Presenters Consortium represents performing arts venues throughout the State of Florida, from Panama City to Key West, from the largest cultural institutions in the state to the smallest, most vital organizations in rural and underserved counties. The business of culture is a major component of Florida’s diverse economy, contributing a $1.4 billion impact to the state’s economy. The activities of the members of Florida Presenters contribute almost a half billion dollars to that impact.

These members of Florida Presenters are participating in #REDALERTRESTART:

Arts Garage, Delray Beach
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers
Big Arts, Sanibel
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale
Center for the Arts at River Ridge, New Port Richey, FL 34655
Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center/Palm Beach State College, Belle Glade, FL
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando
Florida Theatre, Jacksonville
King Center for the Performing Arts, Melbourne
Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville
Old School Square Center For The Arts, Inc, Delray Beach
Opening Nights at Florida State University, Tallahassee
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Miami/Cutler Bay
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, FL
The Flagler Auditorium Performing Arts Center, Palm Coast, Florida
The Lyric Theatre, Stuart
The RP Funding Center, Lakeland, FL
University of Florida Performing Arts, Gainesville, Florida
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall-lighting marquee (building is purple), Sarasota

About Old School Square:

Old School Square Center for the Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) registered not-for-profit cultural arts organization, located in the heart of charming downtown Delray Beach, FL. A historical landmark that has served the community for over 30 years, Old School Square’s mission is to enrich the lives of all people as the community’s cultural center and destination for the arts. Old School Square provides a total arts experience through visual and performing arts, education, and entertainment. For more information contact Jessica Steinweg at or 561-504-7731.

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