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Music Venues Scramble for $16 Billion in Federal Pandemic Aid

As has occurred with different aid packages run by the company — most notably, the Paycheck Protection Program, a $746 billion support effort — the opening of the shuttered venue program was riddled with complexity and confusion.

The company posted a 58-page information for candidates late Wednesday night time, then shortly took it offline. A revised model of the information was posted simply minutes earlier than the portal opened on Thursday. (An company spokeswoman stated the information needed to be up to date to replicate “some last-minute system changes.”)

And lower than two hours earlier than the company started accepting purposes, its inspector basic sent out an alert warning of “serious concerns” with this system’s waste and fraud controls. The Small Business Administration’s present audit plan “exposes billions of dollars to potential misuse of funds,” the inspector basic wrote in a report. Then many anxious venue operators had bother getting their purposes in.

Successful candidates will obtain a grant equal to 45 % of their gross earned income from 2019, as much as $10 million. Those that lost 90 % of their income (in comparison with the prior year) after the coronavirus pandemic took maintain may have a 14-day precedence window for receiving the money, adopted by one other 14-day interval for those who lost 70 % or extra. If any funds stay after that, they are going to then go to candidates who had a 25 % gross sales loss in at the least one quarter of 2020. Venues owned by massive companies, like Live Nation or AEG, should not eligible.

The application course of is intensive, with detailed questions on venues’ budgets, workers and gear.