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Only 50 US venue operators awarded pandemic relief since April

10,000 out of 13,700 applications to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant are waiting to be reviewed.

  • Tope Olufemi
  • 4 June 2021
Only 50 US venue operators awarded pandemic relief since April

The U.S Small Business Association has only awarded 50 grants to struggling venues and performing arts businesses so far, according to a reportfrom the association.

13,783 applications have been submitted to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant as of June 3 - only 0.3% of those applications have been approved. 3,471 applications are under review, while 10,262 are still waiting to be reviewed.

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The administration were originally supposed to receive applications on April 8 - but the launch was postponed until April 23 as a result of technical difficulties. This has meant that many venue operators who have had their livelihoods disrupted by the pandemic have are still waiting for financial support from the US government.

Lawmakers enquired about delays with the portal in March.

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Some venue operators, according to The New York Times have apparently been entered into the Death Master File, a list recording deceased individuals by the Social Security Administration. This makes them ineligible for relief money.

Tope Olufemi is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow them on Twitter here.

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