WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after SBAopened applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program on April 26, 2021. The SVOG program was established through the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act to provide over $16 billion in financial relief for eligible venues affected by COVID-19.Venue operators can apply here.
“This pandemic has been especially devastating to the entertainment industry, particularly live venue operators, theatrical producers, theater operators and other entities that have had to shut their doors. Southern California is home to some of the greatest entertainment and performance venues in the world, and we’ve heard from many constituents who need relief now. I spoke with the Acting SBA Administrator recently and explained how urgently needed this funding is for CA-33 and California. I’m grateful that the SBA understands the need for this crucial program, which will provide vital assistance to support our entertainment industry during this burdensome time.”
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