Oakland County dwell music and leisure venues awarded COVID reduction grants | Information

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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Oakland Zoo raises cash for animals impacted by Texas storms

OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – Oakland Zoo announced an important contribution to help the animals fighting in Texas amid a string of winter storms.

An unusual freezing condition in Texas, Oklahoma, and the neighboring states shook millions in homes that were losing heat and electricity, and water in many homes.

At least 69 deaths in the United States have been attributed to the unusual weather explosion.

The Oakland Zoo has set up a fund to help the Association of Zoos and Aquariums save animals from extinction and rescue cold-stunned sea turtles.

The fund has raised $ 150,000 to date.

Our hearts go out to the animals fighting in Texas.

The Oakland Zoo has contributed to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to Save Animals from Extinction to rescue cold-stunned sea turtles. To date, the fund has raised $ 150,000.

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– Oakland Zoo (@oakzoo) February 20, 2021

On Saturday, President Joe Biden a major catastrophe in Texas and asked federal agencies to identify additional resources to address the condition.

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Oakland A’s reportedly should not have any obtainable cash free of charge company

OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 3: Managing Partner John Fisher, President David Kaval, Assistant General Manager, Pro Scouting & Player Staff Dan Feinstein, General Manager David Forst and Special Assistant to General Manager Chris Pittaro from Oakland Athletics talk in the Athletics Design Room on the opening day of the 2019 MLB Draft at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Michael Zagaris / Oakland Athletics / Getty Images)

Everyone knew the Oakland A’s would scrape the bottom of the barrel when it came to free hand. Even at the best of times, they don’t usually spend in the market, preferring to take advantage of their prospects or bet on less expensive players. This is how the A’s work.

This is not the best time. The A’s bottom-of-the-barrel approach would take to new levels this off-season due to the financial crisis. As it turned out, no one knew how far the A’s had to go as they reportedly had no money to spend.

I know that I’m out of step now. The A’s do not make a one-year contract for seminars as part of the QO. This is not a good sign of the direction the franchise is headed. You told agents they didn’t have any money. I think they really don’t, considering how important Semien is to the team / community.

– Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) January 26, 2021

It only got worse for the Oakland A’s

This lack of funding explains the A’s behavior during this off-season. Her greatest moves were trading for Nik turkey and to be active in draft rule V. While Oakland was linked to a few players, nothing more happened.

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This also explains their strange behavior when it comes to their own free agents. Liam Hendriks hardly heard from the A’s, received messages of congratulations on his awards, but nothing related to a contract offer. The A’s also stated what they wanted Tommy La Stella and Marcus Seeds back, but there were never any rumors of contract offers.

A’s lack of financial resources is not a good sign for the coming season. In theory, this should be when the team revolves around its young core and does everything it can to win a championship for as long as it can. Instead, their inability to spend at all could result in a wasted year on the organization.

At some point the A’s have to bring in someone. With ten free agents in this off-season, they cannot fill up the roster exclusively from their farm system. Even if the A sign multiple players on smaller league contracts, they need to build their depth.

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The problem is whether or not they can even afford it. The Oakland A’s are reportedly strapped for cash in the worst possible way.