The Shuttered Venues Operators Grant (SVOG) provides direct support for music venues, theaters, clubs, movie theaters, producers, agencies and other live entertainment businesses directly impacted by closures, business loss and cancellations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an ongoing FAQ for those interested in applying for SVOG funding.
SVOG was created by two acts of Congress, the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (2020) and the American Rescue Plan Act (2021).
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Last updated April 20, 2021
What is the SVOG?
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to venues that were closed during the pandemic. The grants are administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA)'s Office of Disaster Assistance.
Is my venue eligible?
You are eligible if you own or operate own one of the following:
+ Live venue operators or promoters (music venue, club, performing arts theater)
+ Theatrical producers (independent producers overseeing the financial and managerial aspects of a theatrical production)
+ Live performing arts organization operators (opera, musical theater, dramatic festival, etc.)
+ Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
+ Motion picture / movie theater operators (theaters or auditoriums with fixed seating only)
+ Talent representatives (agents or others who represent manage or book two or more musicians, comedians, actors, or similar performing artists, primarily at live events in venues or at festivals, among other requirements)
You also must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020.
How much can I apply for?
You may be eligible for grants equal to 45% of your gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. All in all, there is $2 billion reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.
My venue received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. Will that affect my eligibility?
Yes. If you received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, your SVOG award will be reduced by the PPP loan amount. Read more about PPP here.
OK, I’m ready to apply. Where do I do that?
I heard this was shut down for a while?
Yes, the SBA temporarily suspended the application portal in early April due to an overwhelming amount of interest. It came back on online in May, though.
I’d like some assistance with the application. Can Springboard help?
We can’t help directly, but we do have some partners who are providing assistance. Email us for more information. These opportunities are limited, based on our partner organizations’ capacity.
I have more questions. Where else can I get my questions answered about the Shuttered Venues Operators Grant?
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has a list of the most recent versions of their comprehensive FAQ here. Otherwise, the best FAQs we’ve come across are this one by Mendoza Law Office here in St. Paul, and this one by our friends at the MixedEarners.org website, which breaks down the most relevant details clearly and succinctly.
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