Blumenauer Announces Opening of Grant Program for Shuttered Entertainment Venues

April 7, 2021
Press Release
Local venues can begin applying for assistance starting tomorrow

Today, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer announced that more help is here for local businesses and jobs. Starting Thursday, April 8th, the Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program will begin accepting applications from local venue operators. Blumenauer helped secure additional funding for the program as part of the American Rescue Plan, which includes more than $16 billion in grants for shuttered venues.

Local venue operators can get more information on how to apply at SBA.gov here.

“Portland wouldn't be Portland without our live music venues. From small stages that have provided a platform for the city’s countless artists and musicians to larger venues that bring world-class talent here, preserving these institutions could not be more important for the fabric of our community,” Blumenauer said. “These grants will help shuttered venue operators put paychecks back in workers’ pockets, avoid permanent closures, cover rent payments, and help our local economy recover.”

Who Can Apply:

  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
  • Motion picture theater operators
  • Talent representatives
  • Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements

Applicants must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020. A venue or promoter who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount. Click here for more information about who can apply.

Venue operates can use their grants for:

  • Payroll costs
  • Rent payments
  • Utility payments
  • Worker protection expenditures
  • And more

Click here for a full list of how venue operators can use their grants.