COVID-19 is educating us about more than a pandemic. The Broadway brand is not a monolith. Theater workers were independent contractors long before Lyft and Uber drivers were around.
COBUG called for government help. The coalition sent over 80,000 letters over two days to Congress, asking that displaced arts and entertainment workers be included in upcoming federal aid packages. Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney were among those urging the inclusion of protections for entertainment professionals, previously excluded from relief plans.