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Schatz: New $16 Billion Federal Grant Program To Help Live Venues Impacted By COVID-19 Opens Tomorrow

Grant Program Aimed At Helping Museums, Independent Movie Theaters, Music Clubs, Performing Arts Centers, And Other Live Venue Operators

HONOLULU – Tomorrow, the $16 billion program aimed at helping live event businesses impacted by the pandemic will begin accepting applications for grant funding. The new Small Business Administration (SBA) program, known as the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Fund (SVOG), was created through COVID-19 relief legislation passed by Congress and signed into law in December.

“For many museums, music venues, performing arts centers, independent movie theaters, and other live venues in Hawai‘i, help is here,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This pandemic has been particularly brutal for businesses that depend on people being able to gather in person so this new funding will be a big help.”

Eligible grant recipients include live venue operators, promoters or theatrical producers, independent movie theatre operators, museum operators, and talent representatives. Of the total amount, $2 billion is set aside for eligible entities that employ fewer than 50 full-time employees.

To apply, please visit the SBA’s SVOG portal here, with additional information on their main program page here. For more information on the SVOG program, visit Senator Schatz’s online resource guide available here.