The COVID 19 epidemic has been devastating on a scale no one could have imagined even a couple months ago. We have lost so much and so many. The independent venue and emerging arts community has all but reached a stand still with no end in sight. The mission of Footlight was to provide a platform for the emerging arts and our community to learn and grow in their craft. Footlight has been known to be resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges. In the coming months we will be introducing our plan to continue our mission in a safe and sustainable way for our patrons and for the artists and to provide jobs within our community. We have joined others in our industry to create NIVA, National Independent Venues Association, in order to have a unified voice to look beyond the challenges we face today during this unprecedented pandemic and overcome it’s impact.
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Footlight has been a dream come true for the staff and the artists that make Footlight their home, but especially for owner and operator Laura Regan, who has long dreamed of having a space like Footlight to share with the community and provide a platform for emerging art and music. We feel this video embodies that love and drive to create Footlight and keep it going.
Video created and edited by Barry Marino.
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It’s incredibly hard to run a small business anywhere, but especially in NYC. There is a lot of competition. The transit to and from your location isn’t always reliable. Rent is incredibly high. Landlords are content to cut corners and meet bare minimum requirements rather than properly maintain their properties. The city regulations and its agencies are merciless and constant. There is a reason that rows of commercial districts are filled with For Lease signs and empty storefronts in every borough. Williamsburg in particular has become a high end strip mall where Cameo, Death By Audio, Glasslands, and Trash Bar used to regularly host local artists and musicians on a nightly basis.