Local arts groups offer help for venues seeking to require proof of vaccination

The Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Indiana Independent Venue Alliance are partnering with a technology company to help Indianapolis venues that want to require all patrons attending their events to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Bindle, the technology platform, says it allows patrons to store their vaccination records and COVID test results on a mobile app to ensure ease of entry to entertainment events, some of which are starting to require proof of each customer’s health status.

A news release issued Friday by Bindle, the arts council and the venue alliance said theaters and concert venues again are starting to experience a slowdown in interest with the surge of the COVID-19 delta variant.

“This is a proactive move to ensure our independent venues can continue producing shows,” Josh Baker, executive director of the venue alliance, said in a written statement. “We’ve been through this before, and we’re building on what we’ve learned.”

The three partners emphasized that it is up to individual venues and organizations to determine their own safety requirements for their staff, artists, and audiences.

Some artists already are demanding that all patrons at their events be vaccinated. Alternative country singer Jason Isbell has been particularly outspoken on the issue and has declined to play at venues that won’t require customers to show their vaccination card or proof of a negative COVID test.

Isbell is scheduled to play in Indianapolis on Aug. 24 at the TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park.

The arts council and the venue alliance also are preparing to launch IndyVaxPass.com, a website to help arts and entertainment fans find health and safety requirements for venues throughout the region.

Patrons can sign up for Bindle at https://joinbindle.com/learnmore.

“Indy is looking forward to a robust fall arts season, but options like Bindle are becoming necessary to ensure that venues and organizations have the tools they need to adapt and safely remain open,” Julie Goodman, arts council president and CEO, said in a press release.

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13 thoughts on “Local arts groups offer help for venues seeking to require proof of vaccination

    1. Yeah…. Because they are smart enough to know that they don’t want kill themselves or endanger their families if they go out to a show or a play.

    2. From Jason Isbell’s Twitter account, August 11th: “@JasonIsbell. If you have a fake vaccine card I guarantee you won’t like my music it’s all lefty commie propaganda”.

    3. Eric, I assume you’re intelligent enough to realize 1mph over the speed limit isn’t equivalent to transmitting a communicable disease, right?

    1. All vaccines have breakthrough. They are less sick than they would be if they weren’t vaccinated. And they wouldn’t be sick at all of enough people were vaccinated such that exponential growth couldn’t occur.

    2. But are they hospitalized? I wish them both a quick recovery, which the vaccine should give them.

    3. Well as an update, I got it from her now and she is much sicker than I and I am 9 years older. (66) Don’t believe ANY of the propaganda out there because that is just what it is… propaganda. I now have 5 other friends, that like my wife got the vaccine and they too have it.
      I seem to recall that we were all told “if you get the vaccine, we can all return to normal.” If it does not protect any better than this and the severity doesn’t really appear to be any less, I don’t think I would believe anything they have to say.

  1. Eric M. you seem to be the only intelligent person here. Research people! What do you actually know about the vaccines? The countless doctors, scientists and even lawyers know how the vaccine creates the variants and also the heart and reproductive damage they cause. There will be deaths or rather “casualties of war” but it won’t be the unvaccinated. It’s a tragedy and a shame so many of you read papers and watch mainstream media who sensor the truth.

    1. You are correct Debbie. It’s sad the lack of intellectual curiosity.

      I also find it troubling so many comments are based on an artist that’s an avowed Communist. “@JasonIsbell. If you have a fake vaccine card I guarantee you won’t like my music it’s all lefty commie propaganda”.

    2. You are correct Debbie. It’s sad the lack of intellectual curiosity.

      I also find it troubling so many comments are based on an artist that’s an avowed Communist.

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