Seattle's KEXP is cutting eight positions, as the donor-backed music radio station and non-profit arts organization faces a 17 percent shortfall in annual revenue.
In an e-mail sent to volunteers Friday morning, KEXP Executive Director Tom Mara said the layoffs would affect full-time-equivalent positions in the guest services, business support, executive leadership, engagement and software teams. Mara said approximately 80 percent of the non-profit's budget covers payroll, and cuts in other areas were already exhausted and insufficient to cover the gap.
"While we have been taking steps to mitigate the financial impact Covid-19 has on the organization, they have not been sufficient to offset losses relating to our business support and in-person events revenue," Mara wrote. "Most of KEXP's on-air underwriting support comes from industries that have themselves been heavily disrupted by COVID — music, performing arts, sports and entertainment, restaurants, travel. We cannot know when, or if, those industries will return to a pre-covid 'normal.'"