New York City announced it’s Curtains Up NYC government program which will work with the Federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grant process on February 8, 2021. This grant and program are available to help venues suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic with services provided by the city for free. The program will provide application assistance to live-performance venues, organizations and workers applying for federal relief.
The program and grant was announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), Commissioner Anne del Castillo, and NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris. The Federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grant is made for businesses or nonprofits who are connected to live performances. These organizations could get a grant up to, or equal to, 45 percent of their 2019 gross earned revenue, capping out at $10 million. Shuttered Venue Operators Grant bloomed from the Save Our Stages initiative.
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant is available to operators or promoters of live performance venues including, but not limited to: theater, music, arts organizations, movie theaters, talent representatives, museums, zoos and aquariums. In addition, they must meet certain guidelines including active operation as of February 29, 2020, and they must not have applied for a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020.
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant isn’t accepting applications yet, but people interested in applying are urged to start organizing their application. To prepare for the application process people should register for the federal System for Award Management (SAM), which will be a required part of the application. People need to know their D-U-N-S number to register in SAM. You can get a D-U-N-S number on the Dun & Bradstreet website. You should check the federal government’s website for the most recent updates on when and how to apply and for frequently asked questions. Watch the federal government’s webinar on YouTube and Register for email alerts from the federal government about the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant so you will be the first to know when applications open.
In the meantime, you should check out the Curtains Up NYC program. Curtains Up NYC provides free application assistance for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. Curtains Up NYC offers free webinars and one-on-one counseling for people interested in applying for the grant. The Services are free starting on February 10, 2021.
For more information on the Curtains Up NYC program and the Federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Process visit their website here.