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Help for Shuttered Venues

Published Wednesday Feb 3, 2021

Help for Shuttered Venues

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program or Section 324 of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act) was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020.

The SBA created a PDF with answers to frequently asked questions about the program and says these will be updated as new information comes available and additional program details are finalized. To link to the document, click here Downlaod the latest FAQ PDF.

Eligible entities are live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, museum operators, motion picture theater operators, and talent representatives, per the Economic Aid Act.

Additionally, entities of these types owned by state or local governments (for example, museums or historic homes) are eligible to apply if the governmentally-owned entity also acts solely as a venue operator, museum, etc. and not also include other types of entities. For example, a city parks and recreation department that operated a bandstand in a public square along with running various nature parks would not qualify as an eligible entity for an SVOG.

Finally, each subsidiary business owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements on its own rights will qualify as an eligible entity.

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