Over a dozen live music and entertainment venues in Oakland County are receiving more than $ 3.4 million through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Michigan Stages Survival Grant program.
The grant program aimed to support these type of venues that were closed for most of 2020 and one of the industries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 100 one-time grants of up to $ 40,000 are distributed by the MEDC to venues across the state. This includes 15 Oakland County companies receiving over $ 562,000 in grants to keep 40 jobs.
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Grant applications have been reviewed and approved by the Michigan Independent Venue and Promoter Association (MIVPA) and will be used for working capital to cover wages and salaries, rent, mortgage payments, utilities, or costs related to reopening a business.
A total of 392 applications were received, with 101 grants from 30 districts being awarded. For a full list of scholarship holders, see https://www.michiganbusiness.org/stages/.
The venues had to meet the eligibility requirements, including:
- Located in Michigan
- Produce and / or present live performance experiences on a disciplined basis
- At least 33 percent of 2019 gross income comes from the sale of tickets to live music or entertainment events or receives at least 70 percent of the income from cover fees or ticket sales, production fees or production refunds, nonprofit education initiatives, or the sale of event drinks, food or merchandise
- Revenue in the second quarter from April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020 was no more than 10 percent of the revenue in the second quarter from April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2019
- Have fewer than 30 full-time employees
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Oakland County Award Winners with Total Grant Amount and Number of Jobs Remaining, if applicable:
- 20 Front Street Concepts, Lake Orion: $ 38,400
- 360 Event Productions, Lake Orion: $ 40,000 3 jobs,
- Avon Players, Rochester Hills: $ 10,206
- Bad Kitty LLC., Ferndale: $ 40,000, 5 jobs
- BG Media, Royal Oak: $ 40,000, 8 seats,
- Clarkston Village Player, Clarkston: $ 10,640
- Encore Performing Arts Center, Pontiac: $ 31,500
- Go Comedy Improv Theater, Ferndale: $ 39,009, 4 jobs
- JAG Entertainment, Wixom: $ 39,912, 1 job
- Oakland Theater Arts Guild, Waterford: $ 25,000, 1 job
- Pike Street Pool, Pontiac: $ 39,009, 9 jobs
- St. Dunstan’s Theatrical Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills: $ 40,000
- Strand Events, LLC., Pontiac: $ 40,000
- The Theater Ensemble, Rochester: $ 40,000, 7 jobs
- Tipping Point Theater, Northville: $ 40,000, 2 jobs
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