Our industry is experiencing devastating losses because of our inability to work and contribute to society. So many of us are small businesses, the heartbeat of America, and we are falling fast and hard. Our people—who are our friends, our family, and who make up our workforce—are suffering while we are trying to keep our businesses intact.
Many of us are grieving this loss while remaining at home and unable to do what we love. Unable to contribute. Our society depends and thrives on music, art, travel, and social interactions in restaurants and bars. Connection is vital for our society. Until now, our industries have been the pipeline of that connection.
Today, that is halted.
We must not fall into darkness at this time. Breakaway from the news, Netflix, and binge-watching. Take the time to think, discover, debate, and find interpersonal connections in new ways. Today, we must focus on helping people. Within our industries, we can find new ways to help people help other people. We are all beautiful people. We must remember now more than ever our strengths, our connections, and our purpose.
Our company is working with non-profits to help them connect with their audiences through live broadcasting, which allows them to engage with their sponsors and the people whom they are trying to help. Today, we are moving our trucks across the nation to deliver much-needed medical equipment, food, and essential supplies to communities in need. We are working with musicians to support them as they find ways to deliver messages of hope and love during this time.
I am honored to be a part of this shift in finding new ways for our industry to continue providing connections throughout our society. I am proud to see what others have done: delivering groceries—fresh food, cooking meals for service-industry professionals, and holding fundraisers to help those who are so affected by this pandemic and its fallout.
Pain either causes us to stop and freeze or to grow and rise up. When I look back at my life and what I have accomplished, I see that the most painful, stressful times are the times where I grew the most personally and professionally.
Stand, rise and recover. We can do this together.
CEO, Onstage Systems