NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Local musicians are calling on the community as the end to unemployment benefits looms.
The days until his unemployment benefits end are numbered. The days until he returns to his job are innumerable.
"We don’t know when exactly we’re going to be able to go back."
The Schermerhorn season has been canceled through next July. After that, Hawkes does not know where his next paycheck will come from, nor when he'll be on stage again.
"I miss playing the Schermerhorn quite a bit. It is one of the finest halls i’ve ever played in in the world," he said.
Hawkes is among performance artists all over the country who will be out of work for months.
"It is difficult to have your job and what you’ve dedicated your life to, to be a proponent of this craft, to not be able to do that in the way that we’ve been used to is emotionally difficult."
"We really miss you guys. We miss the community. We miss playing for you."