Center Stage to host food drive to help those in local music community

Emily Schubert, volunteer from Rhino Staging, loads food boxes into cars during the Musically Fed food drive on Thursday, October 29, 2020, at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia. Musically Fed is partnering for another food drive for local music industry employees on Dec. 11 at Center Stage.  CHRISTINA MATACOTTA FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION.
Emily Schubert, volunteer from Rhino Staging, loads food boxes into cars during the Musically Fed food drive on Thursday, October 29, 2020, at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia. Musically Fed is partnering for another food drive for local music industry employees on Dec. 11 at Center Stage. CHRISTINA MATACOTTA FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION.

Credit: Christina Matacotta

Credit: Christina Matacotta

More than 95 percent of music venue employees are furloughed and about 90 percent of venues nationwide are at risk of bankruptcy.

Those are the grim figures from the National Independent Venue Association, the group formed earlier this year to preserve independent venues and promoters.

On Dec. 11, Center Stage in midtown will host “Feed the Crew!,” a holiday food drive to help those in the local music and production community.

The Atlanta venue has teamed with Elektra Gives Back – the employee-led resource group of the Elektra Music Group – and Musically Fed, the non-profit dedicated to providing food to the homeless, hungry and food insecure. In October, Musically Fed, which shifted its focus once the pandemic hit to take care of those in the music industry, staged a food distribution drive-thru at Infinite Energy Center.

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“Feed the Crew!” will accept donations of non-perishable foods (see suggested items below) from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Those who want to donate can pull into the Center Stage garage – free of charge – and leave their items with staff.

All Covid-19 guidelines and safety requirements will be followed, but for those who prefer completely contactless drop-off, industry volunteers can pick up items from the vehicle trunk.

“As we spent our days fighting for survival as a business, it wasn’t lost on me that many of our peers are spending their days fighting for personal survival” said Josh Antenucci, partner at Rival Entertainment, which manages Center Stage. “When given the opportunity to partner with Elektra and do some common good, it was a no-brainer.”

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Food donations will be turned into holiday meal boxes and distributed by Musically Fed on Dec. 18 to workers in the Atlanta music business. As well, online donations can be submitted to Musically Fed. Those in the local music community who want to inquire about receiving a meal box can contact info@rivalentertainment.com.

SUGGESTED DONATION ITEMS

· Pasta and pasta sauce

· Oatmeal

· Canned fish/meat

· Canned fruits/veggies

· Soup

· Rice

· Peanut Butter

· Dry beans

· Nuts

· Cereals

· Quinoa

· Chips

· Bottled Juice

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