I hope this finds you safe and healthy.
Earlier this week, Mayor de Blasio announced the steps the City is taking to restart the economy and lay the groundwork for a more inclusive and equitable recovery. As timing and protocols are being developed for the restart, please be assured that the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), along with the rest of City government, continues to do whatever we can to keep our media, entertainment and nightlife communities informed about the City's response, available resources and opportunities to assist relief efforts.
As part of his Fair Recovery for All Plan, the Mayor has convened a Fair Recovery Taskforce, as well as a number of advisory councils representing various business sectors and staffed by City agencies and partners. The councils include Arts, Culture and Tourism; Businesses Big and Small; Educational and Vocational Training; Nonprofits and Social Services; Public Health and Health Care; Labor; and Faith-Based Organizations. MOME's work with the councils will be informed by our ongoing conversations with industry stakeholders across media, entertainment and nightlife.
This week MOME is hosting a series of "Town Calls" for media, entertainment and nightlife. The sessions will feature panelists from the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the Labor Policy division of the Mayor's Office of Policy and Planning, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, and the U.S. Small Business Administration to share updates and answer questions about relief programs and services available for small businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19. For the Thursday, April 30 session at 1pm for workers, freelancers and artists, please RSVP here. For the Friday, May 1 session at 1pm for small businesses including but not limited to film/tv, theatre, music, advertising, publishing, digital content, podcasting, video games, and nightlife, please RSVP here.
We also have posted on MOME's website a list of resources and information on the COVID-19 coronavirus specifically for the media and entertainment industry that includes the links we have shared since the start of the crisis and will update as new resources emerge. Our municipal television network, NYC Media, continues to broadcast 24-7 programming and information about the COVID-19 crisis on NYC Gov, including live video coverage of Mayoral press conferences and the latest public service announcements, including COVID-19 related emergency alerts, the latest guidance, and changes in City services. NYC Gov is available on Spectrum 74, FiOS 24, Altice 74, RCN 81 and over-the-air broadcast Channel 25.2.
For the latest updates, follow us on our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or visit our website at www.nyc.gov/mome.
As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns or for support.
Stay strong and be safe.
Anne del Castillo
Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment