When you attend a concert at one of the Pacific Northwest’s stages or amphitheaters, a lot of work goes on backstage to make your experience enjoyable and memorable.

The backstage artists who make the show or gig flawless are the very definition of the “gig worker.” This is a term that has become shorthand in our society for on-demand workers, who work at different sites on an irregular schedule.

Unfortunately, while the concert industry is a billion-dollar business making performers, promoters, ticketing companies, venues and staging companies rich, the backstage artists who make the shows happen at events staffed by Rhino Staging in our area are barely scraping by and are faced every day with unacceptable working conditions.

This dirty secret hiding behind the curtain is now being thrust center stage.

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