SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – City officials announced Monday that the San Francisco Music and Entertainment Venue Recovery Fund will be accepting grant applications starting this week.
The $ 10,000 minimum grants are available to all eligible San Francisco entertainment venues, which in many cases have been closed for a full year due to COVID-19.
Mayor London Breed announced that the fund will begin accepting applications for grants from Wednesday April 21st. The fund was set up to financially support live music and entertainment venues in San Francisco to keep them from closing permanently due to U.S. pressure pandemic.
According to the press release, the fund supports recommendations by the city’s Economic Recovery Task Force to support the arts, culture, hospitality and entertainment sectors. The fund is also in line with San Francisco’s other entertainment support efforts, including Mayor Breed’s $ 2.5 million entertainment fee and tax break and the arts and culture support proposals under the Framework of the Mayor’s Small Business Recovery Act.
“These music and entertainment venues are part of what makes San Francisco a special place to live and visit,” Mayor Breed said in the press release. “The past year has been devastating for the entertainment sector and this local funding will help these companies stay until they can get back up and running.”
Last month, Mayor and manager Matt Haney agreed to allocate $ 3 million to the fund as part of $ 24.8 million for small business loans and grants in the current year surplus expenditure plan. In the first round of grants, all $ 3 million of the same amount will be spent on each eligible venue. According to official figures, the grants for each venue are at least $ 10,000. However, this amount depends on how many venues are qualified for the program.
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“Our independent music and nightlife venues have been badly hit over the past year and are in dire need of the support this fund will provide,” said Supervisor Matt Haney. “Night life and entertainment are cornerstones of our city’s economy and culture. When we reopen and recover, we need our city’s venues to not only survive but also to grow stronger. “
The fund is managed by the San Francisco Office of Small Business and was developed in consultation with stakeholders from the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Entertainment Commission, the Small Business Commission, the San Francisco Venue Coalition, and the Independent Venue Alliance.
The fund is also available to receive donations from the public. All private donations received before the first round of scholarships will be distributed during this round. If the city adds additional money to the fund from the city or through donations after the first grant round, this money will be awarded in the following grant rounds.
“Live music venues couldn’t be open for even a single day in any way for over a year. They’re among the hardest hit companies in San Francisco, so they’re hanging by a thread, said Sharky Laguana, president of the San Francisco Small Business Commission. “Many had to close permanently. Music is central to San Francisco’s identity and history, and as a musician, I don’t even want to think of our city without our beloved venues. “
The deadline for applying for grants is May 5th. Venues eligible for funding must have an entertainment commission location approval prior to the start of the pandemic, including a track record of extensive live entertainment programming, including eligibility criteria.
Venues interested in applying and members of the public interested in donating to the fund can be found at sfosb.org/venuefund