Federal relief assistance to live-performance venues, organizations and workers.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Anne del Castillo of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment announced the launch of Curtains Up NYC, a program to provide application assistance to live-performance venues, organizations and workers applying for federal relief.

This new program, a partnership between the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and
(MOME) and the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), will provide instructional webinars three times per week for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program and application process.

Trained counselors will also be available for virtual, one-on-one sessions. Services are FREE and will begin this Wednesday, February 10.

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVO), also known as Save Our Stages, includes $15 billion for grants of up to $10 million to qualified live venue operators and promoters, performing arts organizations, theatrical producers, talent representatives, movie theater operators, and non-profit museums with auditoriums. SVO grants are available equal to 45% of the applicant’s gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant applications are not yet open, but more details are anticipated soon from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which is administering the grants. On February 5, the SBA released an updated Shuttered Venue Operators Grant – Frequently Asked Questions.  

Anyone considering applying is urged to begin preparing as soon as possible.

To prepare, potential applicants can register for the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM), which will be a required part of the application.For more information on SVO eligibility and how to prepare to apply, visit: nyc.gov/CurtainsUpNYC or visit: NYC Business SVO grant page.

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