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Reopening the curtain on arts in New York City

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Thousands of theaters across the country were shut down in 2020 because of national and state quarantine policies. The arts, entertainment and recreation sectors experienced the greatest employment decline in the entire economy, plummeting by 50.7% between Feb. 15 and April 25, 2020.

While some sectors can go remote, the performing arts sector — home to many classical musicians, ranging from violinists to opera singers — bore the greatest burden of these restrictions. Arguably the most central hub for the arts in the entire United States, New York City was among the hardest hit.

And the performing arts are still suffering. Although Broadway is beginning to reopen, casting the characters in a show and stewarding an overall production takes time. The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for example, shows that employment in the performing arts is 44% lower in May 2021, relative to February 2020, whereas total nonfarm employment is 5% lower.

While mass layoffs........

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