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Lights Up San Francisco Landmarks Red to support Live Events Industry


Media Contact: David Perry & Associates, Inc., David Perry / (415) 676-7007 / 

WHO/WHAT: #RedAlertRESTART Campaign Lights Up San Francisco Landmarks Red to support Live Events Industry Devastated by COVID and Economic Downturn

WHEN: Tuesday, September 1: 8pm  – midnight PDT *
* most buildings lighting up at 8pm; optimal viewing and special events TBD at 9pm 

WHERE: San Francisco City Hall, Coit Tower, the War Memorial Opera House and other San Francisco landmarks, buildings and many hotels will be illuminated RED and members of the general public are encouraged to put RED LIGHTS in their windows 

(link below lists confirmed locations)


#WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART  #ExtendPUA  

WHY: In solidarity with the millions of unemployed special event workers and to urge Congress to pass the RESTART Act of economic stimulus

DETAIL:  On Tuesday, September 1 it’s a RED ALERT for the special events industry – with millions of people now unemployed with no end in sight. To call attention to this, buildings all over San Francisco including City Hall will be lit in solidarity and to urge Congress to pass the RESTART Act as a vital national stimulus. This Tuesday night, make EVERY neighborhood a “Red Light District.” Please document your own videos, photos and efforts with the hashtags #WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART  #ExtendPUA  

The live events and entertainment industry contributes over $877 billion into the economy. At 4.5% of the GDP, Arts and Entertainment is second only to retail. A collapse of this industry would ripple into restaurants, travel and transportation, hospitality, vendors, suppliers, landlords… that list goes on and on too.  

For every $1 spent on a ticket at a small music venue, $12 are spent in the local economy on related services.

In San Francisco, nightlife isn’t just a cultural benefit for the City; it is also a major economic driver. According to a 2018 update of the Controller’s Office economic impact study, over 3,850 nightlife establishments in San Francisco employed over 63,000 workers, and generated an estimated $7.2 billion.