AUSTIN (KXAN) — Dwell music venues have been hit onerous by the COVID-19 pandemic – however some much-needed aid is on the best way.
Beginning Thursday, venues can apply for federal help by way of the Save Our Levels Act, which is able to present $16 billion to venues throughout the nation.
On Wednesday morning, Sen. John Cornyn, who launched the bipartisan invoice together with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, spoke in regards to the influence of the grant cash throughout a roundtable dialogue with venue house owners and artists.
“The financial penalties to the pandemic have been devastating and no extra so than within the dwell music venues, hospitality business and the like,” he mentioned.
“Our business has been given a lifeline and is planning for the longer term,” mentioned Edwin Cabaniss, proprietor of the Kessler Theater and the Heights Theater.
The Save Our Levels Act established the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, from which grants will likely be accessible from Thursday.
Recipients can use the funds to pay for prices resembling their mortgage or hire, utilities, worker fee and taxes.
In line with the Music Venue Alliance Texas, 800 venues had fewer than 10 workers earlier than the pandemic started in March 2020 – and between 30% and 40% of these companies will stay closed, it initiatives.