• Theater and Music Venue Lobbyists Demand That Small Business Administration Release COVID Relief Funding

    2 days ago - By The Wrap

    Lobbying groups representing entertainment venues that were shut down by the pandemic are demanding that government relief payments be sent to operators who applied for a federal grant program.
    Passed as part of the COVID-19 relief package last December, the Small Venue Operator Grant program promised to provide $15 billion in federal aid to theaters, music halls, and other independent venues that have been closed and lost upwards of 70% of their annual revenue during the pandemic. But now the Small Business Administration has missed its June 9 deadline to send out the first wave of...
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  • Movie Theaters, Live Venues Call For SBA To Immediately Distribute Covid-19 Relief Funds Amid Continued Delay

    2 days ago - By Deadline

    A $16.1 billion federal program set up to provide emergency relief to distressed movie theaters and live venues has started distributing funds, but venue operators say the process has been slow and a key deadline has been missed. On Thursday, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, the League of Historic American Theatres, the National Association...
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