Panelists to review grant opportunity for live venues, live performing arts organizations, movie houses & cultural institutions

Contact U.S. Small Business Administration at or (202) 270-3876

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. EST, the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a webinar to give a preliminary overview of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program included in the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 27, 2020. Eligible organizations with a reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have the opportunity to receive up to a $10 million grant under the program. In total, the Economic Aid Act allocates $15 billion for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants.

The webinar will provide introductory information about the grants, who can apply, how potential organizations can prepare, and additional details re: eligibility and applications.

Introductory informational webinar on Shuttered Venue Operators Grants

Registration is required. To register, visit:

, Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. EST

Barb Carson
, Deputy Associate Administrator, SBA Office of Disaster Assistance

Patricia Gibson, Senior Advisor, SBA Office of Disaster Assistance

Bill Briggs, Acting Associate Administrator, SBA Office of Capital Access


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more visit

About Save Our Stages

Save Our Stages Act Has passed as part of the COVID-19 Relief Bill. NIVA (National Independent Venue Association) thanks those across the country who sent 2.1 million emails to their elected officials expressing their support for the Save Our Stages Act. All 535 Congresspeople heard from their constituents through We encourage you to tell your legislators you appreciate their support and for including independent venues and promoters in the latest COVID-19 Relief Bill!

What Now?

We know you have many questions about the Save Our Stages Act and how it will be administered. NIVA has assembled the Implementation Task Force and is working with the Small Business Administration as they promulgate regulations – we are working hard to make sure that NIVA members receive the help they need via this program. We seek to ensure the emergency relief is dispersed as Congress intended, that the instructions and process to apply for grants ensure that the process is implemented accurately, fairly and as expediently as possible. More information will be shared through member messaging as soon as it is available. Questions should be directed to

Since it could take many weeks, even months for the funding to flow, the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund, with The Giving Back Fund as its 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, continues to raise money to assist the venues at greatest risk of permanently going under as we wait for the grants to be issued. Anyone wishing to donate can do so here.