Eshoo Announces $14 Million in Covid-19 Relief for Local Entertainment Venues
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) announced today that 16 venues in California’s 18th Congressional District will receive a total of $13.8 million in Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG). Rep. Eshoo voted to establish the program which provides financial support to hard-hit businesses in the music and entertainment sector that were forced to shut their doors due to the pandemic.
“I fought to include the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program in the American Rescue Plan because these small businesses were hit especially hard by Covid-19, and are essential to our community and its economy,” said Rep. Eshoo. “The help will go directly to help venues and small businesses like the Palo Alto Players, a live theater group that has been performing in Palo Alto since 1931, and Los Gatos Music & Arts, which regularly brings world-class musicians to perform free concerns in our community. These local venues drive the Bay Area’s unique culture and economy, and it’s wonderful to see them opening back up with the help of these federal funds.”
A list of CA-18 venues approved for SVOG awards can be found HERE.
The SVOG program was initially plagued by technical challenges which have since been addressed. Rep. Eshoo took swift action to address the challenges businesses were experiencing and joined over 200 bipartisan Members of Congress in calling for the Small Business Administration to expedite the release of funds. This effort was successful, and the SBA has now approved 9,844 grants, including 1,393 in California.
The Small Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established through the bipartisan COVID-19 relief package passed in December 2020. Rep. Eshoo helped secure additional funding for the SVOG program through the American Rescue Plan, to total over $16 billion in grants for shuttered venues in order to keep businesses afloat and workers on payroll.