Prevue has joined Go LIVE Together, a coalition of event industry leaders and businesses assembling now to advocate for local, state and federal relief and stimulus funding related to COVID-19.
Go LIVE Together, which was founded in late April by Freeman, is a coalition of 80 founding partners—representing over 4,000 organizations with U.S. operations—that have joined forces to support legislative actions that will aid the industry’s recovery from COVID-19. The coalition is bound together by the belief that nothing in the world will ever replace the power and need for live events.
When the time is appropriate to consider recovery, Go LIVE Together will develop policy recommendations to use to reach out to local, state and federal policy makers and amplify other policy asks that directly benefit the industry, such as those being proposed by U.S. Travel and the Trade Show & Event Recovery Act.
Go LIVE Together participants include the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP), Meeting Professional International (MPI) and dozens of other meeting, incentive, special event and exhibition industry organizations. Participating DMOs include Las Vegas, Long Beach, Palm Beach, Santa Clara and others, and there are also several convention center members, among them the Javits Center in New York City, Miami Beach Convention Center and the Salt Palace Convention Center.
“So much of what goes on behind the scenes when you attend a meeting is invisible to the general public, from the transportation that is organized to take you there, to the caterers who create the wonderful meals, to the companies who take an empty convention center floor and transform it into a trade show,” said Prevue Editor Barbara Scofidio. “These are all businesses—many of them small businesses—who need stronger representation at this time. Prevue is ready to share in the work of this newly formed group and to create a united voice so that this industry is better understood and more fairly supported as we emerge from this crisis.”