CLOSE New music for the weekend includes Dua Lipa’s sophomore LP, Pearl Jam’s first album in over 6 years and a new song featuring Rihanna. USA TODAYA historic $2.2 trillion stimulus package offers multiple financial lifeboats to music industry and entertainment professionals drowning in the impact of COVID-19. Live music, film and theater industries — respectively fueled by gig workers and freelancers — were among the first impacted by coronavirus shutdowns in March. Self-employed music industry professionals — sound engineers, touring crew members, songwriters, working musicians and more — qualify for aid under the unprecedented federal assistance, per the Nashville Songwriters Association International, a leading not-for-profit trade organization. The package offers an estimated $349 billion in grant and loan programs for three categories of qualifying professionals who earn less than $100,000 annually: sole proprietors, independent contractors and the self-employed. In the package, these individuals can seek federal aid via a paycheck protection program and emergency economic injury disaster loan, among other options. Leading industry organizations, including Nashville-based NSAI, Country Music Association, Americana Music Association and Gospel Music Association, launched earlier this week a website to help industry workers navigate aid options. Paycheck Protection Program Starting last Friday, sole proprietors and small-business owners can apply for paycheck protection through


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