New Bill Aims To Help Music Venues Suffering Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Small music venues in the US are looking for a lifeline — and a new bill in Congress called The Restart Act might be it. Advocates say the future of independent venues relies on government relief.

Packing into a small, crowded, dimly lit room, dancing along with a few hundred strangers while a band plays - a small joy many folks have been missing. While restaurants and bars can offer outdoor seating, small music venues usually can't. They're among the businesses hardest hit by the pandemic. But NPR's Andrew Limbong reports a new bill making its way through Congress could be just the lifeline these places need.

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