Music Canada Live has issued a statement in the wake of Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival that has left 59 dead and over 500 injured.
It reads as follows:
"Music Canada Live, the voice of Canada’s live music industry, expresses our heartfelt sympathies to the victims and injured in last night’s tragedy in Las Vegas. The power of live music, and the artists that make it will, without question, be a guiding light as we seek to heal from this unthinkable act. Our thoughts are with the families, festival organizers, fans, and artists."
The statement is signed by Jesse Kumagai, Chair, Board of Directors, and Erin Benjamin, Executive Director.
Also responding to the tragedy with a statement is Live Nation, the promoter behind the Route 91 Harvest Festival. It reads:
"To think that anyone would want to inflict harm on a gathering of music lovers is beyond our comprehension. And while we are stunned and grieving over this incomprehensible act of violence, we know that this is a moment when we must come together to prevent more tragedies like this from occurring."
Sony Nashville spokesman Allen Brown reported that "all Sony Music Nashville’s artists and their teams and our company staff who were at the Route 91 Harvest Festival are safe and not physically harmed,. We all are sending out prayers of healing for the many who have suffered injury and loss."
Country music newsletter Canada Country Aircheck sent out a who's safe list yesterday, confirming that everyone from the industry was accounted for and safe. It also reported that "Buzz Brainard from SiriusXM was in the backstage tent when it all started. He said everyone thought it was fireworks going off when they heard the first round. Then the second round came and they all went out to see what was going on.
"When the third round went off they all ran and Buzz said they went and laid underneath the tour buses. He explained that while lying there bullets were hitting the ground and dirt was hitting his face. Buzz had his 19 year old son with him and it obviously affected both of them as it would anyone."