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Grant funding will soon be available for live venues struggling due to pandemic

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Posted at 10:51 AM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 11:51:17-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Grant money is coming to live venues struggling to rebound from the pandemic.

The Small Business Administration says venues will have the opportunity to receive up to a $10 million grant through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program.

This has been something in the works for a while as event spaces had been lobbying for federal relief through a campaign called "Save Our Stages." In Music City, this money would help so many live venue spaces, many of which have been closed since March.

In total, the Economic Aid Act has allocated $15 billion for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants. This grant money will be available to live venues, live performing arts organizations, movie houses or cultural institutions.

If you’re one of these organizations and had a reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can join a webinar on Thursday at 2 p.m. Central hosted by the SBA to provide an overview of the program.

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At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

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