PUA“85% of people are more scared of financial ruin than dying of Corona.” – Keith Levenson

Text by Dawoud Kringle

On July 31st, 2020, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) $600 weekly payments to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits expired. The Senate failed to agree on an extension.
Many of our members applied for it. Some of them – including our President Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi – got some help and assistance by brother Keith Levenson.

Read more here: https://doobeedoobeedoo.info/2020/08/01/no-pua-payments-anymore-whats-going-to-happen-with-us-working-musicians/

1 Comment

  1. marc ribot on October 23, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    What’s going to happen with us working musicians? We’re going to lose our benefits and starve unless we take politically effective action now. Emergency March For Survival.
    JOIN US THIS MONDAY OCT 26th 12 noon.

    No gigs + No Benefits = WE CAN’T LIVE.

    Music Workers Emergency March For Survival

    MONDAY, October 26TH, noon-2 pm 

    Assemble at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park
Marching route TBA.

    Bring a portable musical instrument, wear a mask, and maintain SAFE distance!

    (Woodwind and brass instruments must have bell covers.)
    Please RSVP tinyurl.com/mwa-march

    No gigs + No Benefits = WE CAN’T LIVE
    The Senate continues to block unemployment benefits, threatening our survival and undermining State and Local health policy. Our $600 supplement expired on July 31st and ALL benefits for freelance/1099 workers will end soon if no action is taken!

    While we fully support protecting public health, there is no plan to safely reopen live music. NY State and City government has prevented musicians from earning a living; even in situations where equivalent businesses (e.g. restaurants) were permitted carefully regulated re-openings. Cuomo and DeBlasio must negotiate with music workers now!

    We need all music workers, fans & allies to join us on Monday, October 26 to tell the politicians: We are not expendable.

    Twitter: @musicworkers
    IG: @musicworkersalliance
    FB: @musicworkersalliance
    You’ll find our graphics HERE, and we’ll be adding more through the week!: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/3/folders/1nVEDQDwIfMUH77g97U0oVhcCWBapkA9D


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