More than $16 billion now available nationwide for shuttered music venues, museums and other arts establishments

Federal relief will soon be available for music and other arts venues that have been economically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Small Business Administration officially opened the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal Thursday afternoon, according to a news release from the SBA. Various arts venues and other cultural establishments are eligible to apply, including operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theaters, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives.

The release notes that those entities were some of the first that had to close their doors a year ago in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Journal-World reported last year, some of Lawrence’s landmark music venues said their future was in jeopardy without more federal aid, and were among the many venues that joined with National Independent Venue Association to ask the federal government for dedicated aid.

More than $16.2 billion in federal aid is available through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants, according to the release. The SBA is accepting grant applications on a first-in, first-out basis and has set up priority periods for those affected.

Specifically, the first 14 days of awards, which are expected to begin in late April, will be dedicated to entities that suffered a 90% or greater revenue loss between April and December 2020 due to the pandemic. The second 14 days will include entities that suffered a 70% or greater revenue loss. Following those periods, awards will include entities that suffered a 25% or greater revenue loss between one quarter of 2019 and the corresponding quarter of 2020.


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