Venues nonetheless eligible for billions left in SBA grant cash

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – For fifteen months the tables were empty and the stage at The 5 Spot in East Nashville was mostly quiet.

“It wasn’t just the owners who took a hit, it was a trickle-down effect,” said co-owner and general manager Travis Collinsworth. “All employees were unemployed, [and] the artists who play with us. “That’s one of the reasons why he chose the Small Business Administration Grant for operators of shuttered venues. “We received it about a month ago and are currently using it, yes,” he said.

Congress allocated $ 16 billion to the program. Due to technical issues, the launch in April was bumpy, but to date applicants have requested $ 12 billion of the $ 16 billion – meaning there is still $ 4 billion to be won.

“My actual application with the accompanying documents, you know, is an inch and a half thick. So it took a while to put all this stuff together,” said Collinsworth, holding up a folder of documents. He said that while the process was time consuming, it was clearly to be followed.

Theaters, live music venues, museums, and performing arts organizations are just a few of those that could potentially receive up to $ 10 million in grants. So far, the SBA has decided over 85% of the applications.

“We now have more resources to make sure everyone gets a little bit whole than they would have been,” said Collinsworth.

Venues that have already received cash but suffered a 70% loss in revenue may be able to re-enter the $ 4 billion pot for additional funding.

Collinsworth said it was something he was up to.

Lengthy-awaited grant cash arrives for some Montana efficiency venues | Financial system

Jay Owenhouse owns and runs one of the largest touring magic shows in the United States. His Bozeman-based company had to shut down for 16 months due to the pandemic, but recently announced federal grants will help him – and others – keep the show going.

Senator Jon Tester announced Friday that 23 different companies across Montana were receiving just over $ 8 million from the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. Six of these companies are located in Bozeman – including Owenhouse’s – and are expected to raise approximately $ 740,000.

Logjam Presents LLC, based in Missoula, is said to be receiving more than $ 3 million, the largest portion of any company to date to have received the funds in the state.

The money comes from the Small Business Administration, which received around $ 15 billion for small entertainment businesses and live events as of December 2020 COVID-19 economic aid package.

That was packed in the aid package Save our stage actwho got the ball rolling for venues and small entertainment businesses across the country to apply for funding to keep the doors open.

“When this pandemic broke out, Montana live venues were the first to close their doors to keep people healthy in our communities and now, more than a year later, they are among the last to reopen” said Tester in the press release. “I’m proud to have worked with these small businesses to make sure they have the resources they need to get the Montans back to work and support our local economy.”

Owenhouse has owned and operated Owenhouse Promotions since the early 1990s. He scoured the country for a location that could provide a safe stage for his performance, but became frustrated when it became increasingly clear that no venues would be opened during the pandemic.

His business was that first Received government funding in early June. Owenhouse applied when the scholarship was first announced, but waited months for payment. He was considered a first priority applicant identified as a company that has lost 90% of its revenue due to the pandemic. He received nearly $ 300,000.

“Without the scholarship we would be out of business,” said Owenhouse.

However, the scholarship program launched in early April was overshadowed by technical difficulties. Problems with the website application portal resulted in the website temporarily closing and reopening weeks later.

More than half of all US Senators – including Sens. Tester and Steve Danies – sent one letter to the head of the Small Business Administration, Isabella Guzman, in mid-June, urging them and the administration to speed up the process in order to get funds paid out.

Brian Buch, deputy district director of the regional office of the Small Business Administration in Helena, compared the problems to a busy motorway that was so full that applications clogged the funding portal.

Buch said that the Small Business Administration will hopefully let around 70% of all applications go through this month. A report dated July 6th said the Small Business Administration has received more than 14,000 applications from the United States and has determined whether 74% of applicants will approve funds.

So far, $ 2 billion in funding has been paid out.

Broad House Productions LLC, home of Broad Comedy, has received more than $ 34,000 in grants. Broad Comedy director Soren Kisiel said in an email that the company applied for the grant in April. The Small Business Association approved the application last week.

Kisiel said the grant money would be used for lost revenue as they were unable to tour and pay for their actors.

Owenhouse said the grants his company received would be used to pay his employees, rent payments for his warehouse, and publicity to help restart his business – strict guidelines dictate how the money can be used, he said.

“We’re just grateful that we didn’t go out of business as a Montana-based company,” said Owenhouse. “This grant was essential to keep us alive.”

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Leisure venues get ‘lifeline’ grants because of results of pandemic

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Entertainment venues were among the first to close their doors due to the pandemic and the last to reopen fully, but thanks to federal government support, many are aiming for a comeback this year.

The Small Business Administration has facilitated the distribution of funds from the Shuttered Venues Operators Grant (SVOG) program. To date, 85 scholarships have been awarded in Wisconsin with a total volume of around 86 million US dollars.

Performing arts executives in Milwaukee said people long to return to the shows at the venues.

“There are very few things that are as meaningful as attending a performance like in a place like this, which is so beautiful and brings people together in a way that we missed tremendously during Covid,” said Mark Niehaus, President and Executive Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, across from CBS 58 inside the Bradley Symphony Center on Wisconsin Avenue.

The nonprofit will receive approximately $ 1.7 million from SVOG. Niehaus said the money will help, but it won’t erase all of the financial impact of the pandemic.

“It makes a difference to us, but it doesn’t solve the problem for us,” said Niehaus.

The Marcus Performing Arts Center will receive approximately $ 6.5 million from the scholarship. They told CBS 58 that the funds will be very helpful in preparing for the return of live performances and audiences later this year.

“It will really help us openly reopening this fall so we can recruit staff and bring shows back to the Marcus Center,” said President and CEO Kendra Whitlock Ingram in an interview.

The Pabst Theater Group and its foundation will receive a total of approximately $ 10.8 million. Its CEO, Gary Witt, led a national effort through the National Independent Venue Association to raise pandemic funding for entertainment venues.

“It was a long way to actually distribute the money, but it was worth it,” Witt told CBS 58.

While Witt says the grants have made a big impact, many other small institutions are still waiting for their applications to be approved, which Witt is pushing for.

“We won’t rest until all of these companies are funded because that’s how we started,” said Witt.

For more information about the recipients in Wisconsin, see Here.

As outside leisure ramps up this summer season, indoors venues slower to reopen | Information

Late on Friday afternoon at Century Cinema 16 in Mountain View, fewer than 30 seats were occupied in one of the nearly 200-seat cinemas, but for moviegoers who saw “The Boss Baby: Family Business” it was a piece of prepandemic normality – without Masking, proof of vaccination, or physical distancing. Children giggled in the dark; greasy fingers dipped in bucket with popcorn.

The cinema complex looked pretty much as it always did, with the water fountains turned off, stickers on the toilet floors still telling guests to “play your part; keep your distance” and workers wearing face-covers.

Two weeks after the state officially reopened and many shutdown regulations lifted, major venues along the Midpeninsula are taking time to get back online. Some, like Century 16, have resumed business largely normally, leaving the decisions about masking and physical distancing entirely up to customers.

Others, like the Shoreline Amphitheater, haven’t welcomed the public yet. The parking lot, which is famous for its post-concert collapse, is almost deserted. Within the metal entrance gates, yellow “caution tape” remains lined up between trees and poles. Above the ticket window, the marquee does not have the names of upcoming attractions, but rather “wishes you were here”.

The venue’s website has the first show this summer on August 21: Country singer / songwriter Dierks Bentley’s “Beers on Me” tour. The health and safety regulations posted on the website cite the CDC’s recommendation that unvaccinated individuals wear face covers. However, there is no policy requiring attendees at the 22,500-seat venue to verify their full vaccination status or show a negative COVID-19 test, despite the California Department of Health’s “strong recommendation” that anyone with more than 10,000 people do so.

Live Nation, which operates the amphitheater, did not respond to multiple requests for an interview for this article.

Elsewhere on the Midpeninsula, other venues are gradually rolling out outdoor events this summer, with clear plans for indoor performances to resume soon.

The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (MVCPA) in Castro St. 500 has reopened. Live shows recently reopened in its ParkStage outdoor space, which can seat up to 300 people with lawn seating, and in the small SecondStage space that has a capacity of 200.

As of June 25, the Mountain View venue was not yet offering tickets to productions on its 600-seat MainStage, which features cultural companies like TheatreWorks, but Marketing and Public Relations Manager Shonda Ranson said she hoped the MainStage events in August to be resumed. She directed the public to check the internet for updates Center website.

June all employees and volunteers of MVCPA wear masks and keep a physical distance if possible. No masks or distancing are required for fully vaccinated participants, the website states, while unvaccinated participants must keep masks and distance.

At Stanford University, the Frost Amphitheater outdoor concert hall reopened on April 29 with less than 5% capacity and 400 visitors per event to show films. Stanford Live will start on Wednesday Concert and ballet performances added to its line-up at Frost and increased the audience capacity to 20% or 1,660 people for July, with a larger audience allowed in August.

Citing the latest state, county, and university guidelines dated July 2, audiences at the Frost Amphitheater are not required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or full vaccination. Masks are optional for vaccinated guests and required for unvaccinated guests.

Stanford Live has a August also planned its first indoor performance of the year at the Bing Concert Hall: the premiere of “The No One’s Rose,” a co-production by Stanford Live, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO) and the American Modern Opera company.

The show combines music, dance, and theater with the work of Paul Celan, a poet and Holocaust survivor. In the run-up to the premiere, the artists will take part in a two-week residency at Stanford Live.

Masks are required for all visitors to indoor shows Stanford Live website.

An indoor venue that’s already back and 100% busy: the Cantor Arts Center in Stanford, which can accommodate 2,000 visitors a day between Wednesday and Sunday. It began to reopen gradually in April when it invited students and museum members to its first visitors and then launched a “Welcome Back” advertising campaign. The museum had a capacity of 25% at the time and required visitors to follow a time-controlled reservation system.

Since reopening on June 15, Cantor has switched from a time-controlled reservation system to all-day reservations, which are free of charge. The museum continues to require all visitors to wear masks, in line with the university’s recommendations. The website continues to encourage people to maintain social distance from others in the museum.

“It was important for Cantor staff to open with limited capacity when it was considered safe in April because we know the museum is a place of community, even from a distance,” said Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell, interim Co-director and the Burton and Deedee McMurtry curator at Cantor Arts Center, said in a statement. “Since then we have increased the capacity to 100% and we look forward to welcoming even more visitors to the galleries and the museum grounds in summer and autumn when we Paper Chase: Ten years of collecting prints, drawings and photographs around the cantor . “

For sports fans, cheering for the Cardinal should feel familiar this fall: Stanford Athletics plans to welcome fans to its indoor and outdoor competition venues with no capacity restrictions, and soccer tailgating is expected to be allowed as well, the university shared Week with.

The first home football game will be against UCLA on September 25th.

“We’re excited to be back at Stanford Stadium this season, playing in front of our students, fans and alumni,” said David Shaw, Bradford M. Freeman director of football, in a press release. “We have one of the toughest, most exciting schedules in the nation.”

All home sports events are conducted in accordance with state health guidelines, as well as county and campus guidelines, the university said. Specific protocols will be announced at the beginning of the season. Further information is published at

GoTab Gives Contactless Ordering & Fee Options for Leisure Venues

ARLINGTON, Virginia., June 28, 2021 / PRNewswire / – When summer comes and restrictions are lifted across the country, GoTabThe technology of remains critical to many venues that increase the efficiency and ease of use of contactless ordering and payment options for the festivals, concerts and performances of the season. As a true cloud-based solution, GoTab puts the hospitality industry first and enables fast, cost-effective and seamless deployment in large and small venues.

Give guests control over the ordering process

GoTab gives guests tremendous control over their food and drink orders, giving them more time to enjoy the shows they attend, and not having to stand in line or mark a server. Whether at an intimate concert, an outdoor production or a headlining appearance, the guests can order via QR code and get their drinks or food (or receive them at their seat) in a few minutes and without an app and devote themselves full attention to the Show. Long queues at counter or snack stands are eliminated, orders are delivered to guests more precisely and faster.

Working in a tight job market

Some venues, such as helium comedy society, and Lake Arrowhead Village, demand that the guests remain seated during the performances. With fewer staff available to take orders, GoTab’s intelligent technology enables venues that take up more floor space than standard restaurant operations to automatically send orders directly from guests’ phones to the bar or kitchen for efficiency and service to maximize gastronomy. By relieving GoTab of the task of taking orders, servers can focus on delivering orders quickly and ensuring customer satisfaction, resulting in higher check totals and happier guests.

Seamless menu management

In anticipation of the reopening of entertainment venues, the GoTab team developed advanced features to help operators with service efficiency, order volume management and reporting. GoTab’s master menu management capabilities allow venues to use the platform for multiple food and beverage vendors. You can also offer hybrid ordering models, where customers have the option of choosing delivery to a specific location within the venue, pickup, or counter service. Thanks to the unique zone functions of GoTab and the dynamic item forwarding, food runners know exactly when and where they have to deliver the food and drinks and offer their customers fast and reliable service. The integrated commerce platform is also perfect for managing high volume operations by automatically sending orders to the appropriate BOH stations on the Kitchen display system. Improved options available in the. were created GoTab Manager appwhich enables operators to generate custom reports by Revenue Center and track performance in any pre-defined service area at the venue.

With venues reopening this summer for festivals, concerts, and more entertainment, GoTab is the perfect solution for adding contactless ordering and payment capabilities to venues of all sizes. The cloud-based solution can be deployed in just a few days, with little or no hardware required to be fully functional.

About GoTab, Inc.

GoTab, Inc., a Restaurant Commerce Platform (RCP), helps large and medium-sized restaurants, breweries, bars, hotels, and other entertainment establishments run lean, profitable operations while keeping diners happier. With its easy-to-use POS, contactless ordering and payment functions and kitchen management systems (KMS), it enables customers to order and pay via a server, order and pay directly from their own mobile phone, or combine the two experiences Tab. The guest never has to download a mobile app or create a password. Operators are given flexible capabilities that can be quickly deployed as a stand-alone system or through integration with other popular point-of-sale (POS) systems to tap new revenue streams across food, takeaway and delivery, ghost kitchens, retail groceries, and more . Founded in 2016, GoTab processes over $ 250 million Transactions per year with operations in 35 US states and growing. You can find more information in our Advertising opportunities, Request a demo Here or find out more at

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DISCOVER TEXARKANA | Venues host leisure, celebrations, annual occasions

The Four States Fairgrounds is located at 3700 E. 50th St. Photo by
Christy Busby Worsham
/ Texarkana Newspaper.

Crossties, Texarkana’s newest multi-level venue, hosts weddings, receptions, rehearsals, catered dinners, corporate events, birthday parties, reunions, school dances, banquets and concerts. It is located at 324 E. Broad St. in Texarkana, Arkansas. Its owners bought the building, which served as Moore’s Home Furnishing for decades. It is the premier venue for events in Texarkana, Arkansas. Crossties offers a bespoke event experience with an experienced and detail-oriented staff who are responsive to your vision. Call (870) 774-6134 or visit

Silvermoon on Broad in downtown Texarkana, Texas has several different meeting places. The Art Deco room, 1885 Parlor (at 211 West Broad), is cozy with carpeted floors and elegant lighting. The funky and cool Singer Courtyard outdoors (behind the salon) rounds off the main rooms. The inviting Great Hall (behind the 213 West Broad facade) in the heart of the complex is the largest room and is ideal for receptions, meetings and dinners. It also offers a commercial kitchen.

Summer season leisure returns to venues in CNY

Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted across New York state, and the long days of July and August mean summer entertainment in central New York can thrive as usual. Organizations will adhere to a variety of security protocols, which can include limited seating, masking for unvaccinated guests, and online ticket purchases. Details can be found on the website of the respective event.

Local art and music events in alphabetical order are as follows:


July brings a full program of music, poetry and visual arts to the village of Cazenovia. The annual festival begins with a month-long curated exhibition of the works of 24 Central New York artists and ends with a performance of new music by participants at Young Composers Corner in Lakeland Park.

Elements of the annual celebration of the arts are incorporated into village activities, such as the weekly Cazenovia farmers’ market (new music from 10am to 12pm), the July 4th parade and local shops. Patrick Lawler will coordinate a poetry / writer event on July 13 with Eric Evans and David Hitchcock of the YMCA Downtown Writers Center.

Ticket events include “Libba Cotton,” a new opera that will be performed on July 17 at 7:30 pm at the Catherine Cummings Theater, and “New Music Strikes Gold,” July 25 at 4:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church.

Brochures with timetables will be available throughout the village. Information can be found on the website at


Tribute concerts, children’s shows, musicals and Shakespeare fill a six-part season at the Pavilion Theater of the Cortland Repertory Theater on Little York Lake. The actors will perform on an outdoor stage 12 feet from the front row of the audience, eliminating the need for the actors to be masked. No tickets are sold at the box office; No single tickets are sold. Purchases must be made in advance in lots of two, three, or four. Program information and bios will be online and the refreshment tent will only open before the curtains.

What: Nine outdoor appearances in the repertoire


“Pirate pirate!” July 8-11 at noon

“Close To You” July 8th, July 9th at 7.30pm and July 10th at 3pm and 7.30pm

“The Honky Tonk Angles” July 15-23 (July 18 and 21 at 2pm; others at 7.30pm)

“The Wizard of Oz” July 16 and 17 at 10 am and 2 pm. (drive through the event)

The Adam Lee Decker Trio July 24th at 2pm and 7:30 pm

“The complete work from July 28th to 31st at 7.30pm with a show at 2pm on July 30th

William Shakespeare “

“Goin ‘to the Chapel” August 5th – 13th (August 6th and 8th at 2pm; others at 7.30pm)

“How cute it is” August 14th at 2pm and 7:30 pm and August 15th at 2pm

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” August 19th – 21st at 7.30pm with a 2pm show on August 20th

Tickets: Prices vary depending on the show, seats and special discounts. Call 607-756-2627 or visit the CRT website for details.

Where: Dwyer Memorial Park, 6799 Little York Lake Rd., Prebble.


In allusion to the pandemic season, “Glimmerglass on the Grass” has a new outdoor stage and seats on “Festival Squares”. Each socially distant room can accommodate four people. The buyer must pay for all of the space and provide a low-back chair or blanket for lawn seating. Masks are required except in this designated area, where guests can also eat from home or on-site take-away. No groceries are sold on site; Baths are opened.

What: Six 90-minute opera and musical productions in the repertoire

When: “The Magic Flute” July 15th – August 17th

“To the world” July 16 – August 8

“Songbird” July 30th – August 13th

“Il Trovatore” August 1st – 14th

“Gods and Mortals” August 13-16

“The Passion of Mary August 5th – 13th

Cardwell Dawson “

Where: 7300 St. Highway 80, Cooperstown, New York

Tickets: website or box office, 607-547-2255

Price: Festival Squares can accommodate up to four people and sell for $ 80 to $ 350 per performance, depending on which zone is chosen; have to buy whole square.

Note: Please visit the website for details on weather and refund / exchange policies. Covid protocols are explained on the “FAQ” page of the website.


Founded in 1938, the Oswego Players Theater continues its tradition of summer productions with a show that was ready to kick off when the 2020 pandemic protocols closed all venues. With most of the cast returning, the troupe will perform the show in August.

A special invitation performance on August 4th will raise funds for the Patrick Carman Joyful Heart Theater Scholarship.

The Oswego Players’ Theater Arts Youth Academy will soon announce a summer schedule of activities for young people.

What: Dearly Departed, a comedy by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones

When: August 6th, 7th; 13th and 14th at 7.30pm and August 8th and 15th at 2pm

Where: Francis Marion Brown Theater in Fort Ontario, Oswego

Tickets: $ 15 adults; $ 10 students and seniors

Note: Free parking spaces around the red brick building


After “Troilus and Cressida” closed with a sold out show on June 13th, SSITP is continuing six August performances of “The Comedy Of Errors,” the story of the bard of two pairs of identical twins who died in the Thorndon Park Amphitheater Birth were separated. The reunion of the two aristocrats and their servants in the Greek city of Ephesus and the resulting whimsical mishaps make this early piece ideal for summer outdoor entertainment.

What: “The Comedy of Errors”

Where: Amphitheater of Thornden Park, Thornden Park Dr., Syracuse

When: 6th – 15th August, Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.

Tickets: Seats on the lawn are free but must be reserved in advance on the SSITP website

Premium: Guests have reserved seats and meal vouchers for $ 30.

Food: Beer Belly Deli and Gannon’s Isle will sell food on-site; People can bring food


A variety of events will be held from August 3 to August 28 at the Robinson Pavilion at Anyela’s Vineyards, Mandana Barn, and locations to be announced.

Skanfest U, a course with a focus on “Voices Unheard: Composers at the Margins”, is coordinated by Aaron Wunsch, faculty member at the Juilliard School and Co-Artistic Director with his wife Julia Bruskin, of the Skaneateles Festival. These run virtually on August 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th and provide a context for the music that will be performed during the festival.

Details on the performances are available online at and will be updated during the season.

What: 42nd music season of the Skaneateles Festival at the lake


Dover Quartet August 12th at 8pm

Bill Charlap Trio August 13th and 14th at 8pm

“The Voice Within” August 26th 8pm

Time For Three August 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. (also children’s matinee)

Tickets: Season tickets cover four concerts and cost between $ 125 and $ 175; Skanfest U is included. Tickets for the Saturday series cost $ 70 to $ 100. Single ticket prices range from $ 30 to $ 60; two young people under the age of 18 can enter for free when adults shop in section B. Call 315-685-7418 for information on VIP seating and ticket upgrades.


Outdoor concerts are part of the Symphoria tradition, and more events will be announced as communities and sponsors respond to the New York state lifting restrictions.

What: the professional orchestra and ensembles of Central New York

When and where:

Wind Quintet July 9th 7pm Lorenzo State Historic Site (chairs provided)

Chamber music July 22, 8 p.m. Carol Watson Greenhouse

Orchestra July 23, 7 p.m. Fort Ontario

Orchestra July 24th, 7:30 p.m. Beard Park, Fayetteville

Honor America Pops July 31, 8 p.m. Ft. Stanwix, Rome (fireworks)

Tickets: Free; some concerts require registration in advance of the event.

Details: for Covid logs and ticket information

Seating: outdoors; use low-backed blankets or chairs to sit on


New to the summer theater scene, this ensemble will present its first production in July at the New York State Fairgrounds. Founder JR Westfall will direct; Ben Borenstein becomes music director. Written by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, the show will reveal six overlapping stories of characters, each running away from something.

What: “Refugee Songs”

Where: Empire Theater at the NYS Fair

When: July 23, 8 p.m. – July 1, August 1, 3 p.m.

Tickets: $ 28 for table seating; $ 18 general admission; Discounts for seniors and students.

Details: Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 315-395-9973 for information.


(formerly carousel)

A new name for Auburn’s historic Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, The Rev Theater Co., continues to produce full-scale professional music shows at the Preston H. Thomas Theater in Emerson Park. Three productions are planned for 2021. According to the organization’s website, the HVAC has been modified to create a continuous flow of air and a cleaning system ensures optimal air quality for staff, actors and audience. See guidelines on the organization’s website for specific attendance requirements.

What: “Broadway in the Finger Lakes”

When: Check the website for times on the following dates:

42nd Street June 30th – July 28th

“Footloose” August 4th – September 1st

“Almost Heaven” September 8-29

Where: Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 E. Lake Rd., Auburn

Tickets: Visitors are advised to purchase tickets prior to arrival. Single tickets cost $ 53 to $ 65; Group rates available. For more information, please call 315-255-1785

New York Metropolis Enacts Biometrics Regulation for Meals and Drink Institutions, Leisure Venues, and Retail Shops

New York Biometric Identification Information Act goes into effect July 9th. The law applies to food and beverage stores, entertainment venues, and retail stores in New York City that collect, store, convert, store, or share biometric identification information (e.g., retinal or iris scans, fingerprints, voice prints, and hand scans). of customers. According to the law, affected companies must post clear, noticeable notices near all customer entrances to their facilities. The law gives injured customers a private right to sue with 30 days’ notice and a grace period, with damages between $ 500 and $ 5,000 per violation and legal fees.

Effective July 9th, pursuant to Section 22-1202 (a) of the New York City Administrative Act, New York City businesses that collect, store, transform, store, or disclose biometric identification information from customers must disclose, or share, such collection, storage, conversion, storage , if applicable, by placing a clear and prominent sign near all customer entrances to their facilities. This signage must use plain, simple language.

Essential elements of the law are:


  • Commercial establishments. The definition of commercial establishments is limited to entertainment venues, retail stores, or catering establishments.
  • Places of entertainment. Entertainment venues refers to any private or public entertainment facility such as theaters, stadiums, arenas, race tracks, museums, amusement parks, observatories, or any other location where attractions, performances, concerts, exhibitions, sports games, or competitions are held.
  • Biometric identifier information. The term biometric identifier information means a physiological or biological characteristic used by or on behalf of a commercial entity, individually or in combination, to identify or help identify an individual, including, but not limited to: (i ) a retinal or iris scan, (ii) a fingerprint or voice print, (iii) a scan of the hand or face geometry, or any other identifying feature.

Prohibition of the use of biometrics

  • Section 22-1202 (b) prohibits commercial establishments from selling, renting, trading, sharing, or otherwise using such biometric identifier information.

Private right of action

The law contains a private right of action that provides for the following:

  • Notice and healing period. Aggrieved parties must give written notice to the offending parties at least 30 days prior to commencement of a lawsuit alleging a commercial establishment of violating 22-1202 (a). Actions alleging violation of 22-1202 (b) do not require prior written notice stating that commercial entities may not sell, share, or benefit in any way from a customer’s biometric information.
  • Statutory Compensation. Dominant parties may reclaim: (i) US $ 500 for any unhealed disclosure breach or negligent breach of prohibition on sale / disclosure of biometric information; (ii) $ 5,000 for each willful or negligent breach of the No Sale / Transfer; (iii) reasonable attorney fees and expenses; and (iv) other remedies, including an injunction, as the court deems appropriate.


  • The law does not apply to government agencies, employees, or agents.
  • The disclosure requirement in 22-1202 (a) does not apply to financial institutions or companies that collect biometric identification information through photos or video recordings if: (i) the collected images or videos are not analyzed by software or applications that identify or assist with identification by persons based on physiological or biological characteristics, and (ii) the images or videos will not be shared, sold or rented to any third party other than law enforcement agencies.

NJ leisure venues begin receiving federal COVID-19 grants to reopen, rehire workers

News 12 employees

June 24, 2021, 12:58 am

Updated on: 24.06.2021, 00:58

Now that some of New Jersey’s entertainment establishments and businesses are receiving long-awaited federal grants, following orders to shut down during the pandemic. The scholarships are designed to get people back to work and bring art and culture back to the communities.

Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall is one of the concert venues closed by the pandemic. The owners say they are ready to go back to work.

Married co-owners Ben LoPiccolo and Olga Levina say the reopening is possible in large part with a federal grant of nearly $ 740,000 that the venue has received. It is one of 36 New Jersey venues that have received a Shuttered Venues Operator Grant to cover a percentage of losses and recruit staff.

The scholarship program was set up last December, but the application process was slowed down by technical glitches. The honors are only now beginning.

About $ 11 million has been spent in New Jersey to date, and $ 16 billion is available nationwide through the federal grant program.

Maryland arts, leisure venues obtain $10 million in grants

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland is giving away $ 10 million to entertainment venues across the state struggling during the pandemic, including the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Maryland Theater, and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, among others.

The money will help stabilize companies that had to shut down or drastically reduce capacity as COVID-19 rose through Maryland last year.

As the state begins to arise from the pandemic, that money will also help the venues prepare for the busier fall season, said Nicholas Cohen, executive director of Maryland Citizens for the Arts.

“The art season is a little quiet in the summer. It’s coming back in the fall,” Cohen said. “What this does is it makes these venues float until then to really say, ‘Here we are, we’re back, we may be almost at full capacity.'”

The additional $ 10 million in government grants will go to more than 60 venues and organizations in Maryland. Delmarva Shorebirds, the Low-A subsidiary of Baltimore Orioles based in Salisbury, will receive $ 244,716 through the grant program.

The coastal birds took the field in May for the first time since 2019.

Several Washington County organizations will also benefit:

  • Suite 710, a Hagerstown venue: $ 28,162
  • Washington County Playhouse: $ 247,039
  • Potomac Playmaker: $ 9,852
  • The Maryland Theater: $ 238,985
  • Maryland Symphony Orchestra: $ 113,638

For the Potomac playmaker, The money will help maintain the group’s new home, which volunteer scholarship writer Greg Berezuk moved into just before the pandemic brought everything to a standstill.

The building at 17303 W. Washington St. west of Hagerstown can accommodate around 130 people.

“We got in there just before COVID. It’s a wonderful way for an audience to enjoy a live performance and we couldn’t use it, ”said Berezuk.

Fixed costs like mortgage and utilities would have to be paid even if the group couldn’t put on shows, he said.

According to Berezuk, the purely voluntary playmakers have been around for almost 100 years.

He said the organization was able to “hobble along” through 2020 and early 2021, with a very restricted audience admitted in the fall and generous donations from sponsors filling in the gaps.

Berezuk said the playmakers Show opening on July 9th “Farce of Habit”, the group’s new home will be at full capacity for the first time.

Shawn Martin, co-owner and co-producer of the Playhouse in Washington County with Ms. Laura Martin, said in an email on Thursday that the Dinner Theater at 44 N. Potomac St. in Hagerstown was closed for about eight months in 2020.

Even when the store reopened in November, Martin said it was limited to 50% capacity, including staff and dedicated actors.

The closure, capacity constraints and lack of demand due to COVID restrictions made it impossible to cover business costs, he said.

“The grant money will not cure us, but it will replace some of The Playhouse’s lost revenue,” said Martin.

The past 15 months have been “devastating” for The Playhouse, other entertainment venues, and for Martin and his wife, who also suffered personal losses.

Martin said they were supported by “a very large and loyal customer base and loyal and trustworthy staff”.

The Playhouse, which opened in 1985, currently organizes dinner shows mainly on Friday and Saturday evenings with selected Sunday matinees.

According to Martin, the 2022 season with musicals and summer camps will be announced shortly.

Suite 710 General Manager Robbie Soto said the deal took “some decent hits” as the nightclub and attached bowling alley closed completely from March to late June 2020

Soto said all of the staff should be fired.

When the restrictions were lifted, new staff were hired and the events slowly returned to the nightclub on Leitersburg Pike near Longmeadow Shopping Center.

Soto said the locally owned company totaled an estimated $ 300,000, so it was very welcome to get about 10% from the state.

“Anything is better than nothing,” he said. “That will really help us to be overtaken again.”

Soto said Suite 710 was “one of the lucky ones” to survive the shutdown and is working on booking events and bands to rebuild the decades-old entertainment business.

Photo by One Room Media Music Director Elizabeth Schulze directs the Maryland Symphony Orchestra during its September 17 concert at the Maryland Theater in downtown Hagerstown.

“A lot of support”

The new $ 10 million in grants is in addition to the $ 30 million the state granted earlier this year.

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Theater, and the Washington County Playhouse also received substantial scholarships during this award round.

Maryland theater Executive Director Jessica Green said the new funding was higher than expected and “greatly appreciated”.

“Reg. Hogan and his leadership group have shown a lot of support for our industry, ”she said.

The theater at 21 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown is 100% busy and is hosting 35 events in May and 12 last week, according to Green.

She said it was exciting to have people in the theater again, and that shows were sold out “incredibly quickly”.

While fall bookings are already picking up, summer is a notoriously slow season for live venues like the Maryland Theater.

“People want to be out,” she said, adding that the new funding is “being used well”.

Green said the theater was also waiting to hear about his application to the federal government Grant for operators of shuttered venues Program that includes more than $ 16 billion in grants for facilities shut down during the pandemic.

“Devastating Losses”

On the Lower Shore, several venues and organizers benefited in the first round:

  • National Fair: $ 72,707
  • Flagship Premium Cinemas Ocean City: $ 484,256
  • Fox Gold Coast Theater: $ 213,073
  • Special Event Productions: $ 72,638
  • Sun and Surf Cinema: $ 484,256

Grants have helped the entertainment and arts industries “overcome devastating losses in programming and revenue,” said Steven Skerritt-Davis, associate director of the Maryland State Arts Council.

“The sector responded with distinctive creativity and innovation and quickly turned to offer online content, virtual arts events, and secure in-person events and projects whenever possible,” said Skerritt-Davis.

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The State Arts Council provided more than $ 12 million in grants from state funds and the National Endowment for the Arts during the pandemic.

There were some challenges with the emergency funding procedures. U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Wrote a letter to the Small Business Association this week with dozens of Senate colleagues urging them to distribute federal grants to live venues faster.

“It has been nearly six months since Congress passed the Save our Stages Act, nearly two months since the program started twice, and 51 days since the Small Business Administration began receiving applications,” the letter said . “We urge you to take immediate steps to ensure that the funds are distributed to qualified applicants.”

The letter blamed bureaucratic delays for the slowdown in the distribution of grant funds, even though businesses continued to struggle.

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However, Cohen, the executive director of Maryland Citizens for the Arts, worries more than about venues about artists and performers, many of whom lost their jobs when the pandemic resulted in major plant closures.

“I think the response has been really appropriate for venues,” he said. “I think they’re on a lot more solid ground than we thought they would enter the post-pandemic, but I think the key to that is how will venues survive when artists have to leave the field? “

He points to the impending loss of the federal pandemic unemployment benefit, which has been a major boost to the self-employed and gig workers.

Governor Larry Hogan announced in early June that Maryland would get out of federal unemployment programs on July 3 and cut the extra money two months earlier than expected.

That means no additional $ 300 per week for people with traditional unemployment and no help at all for non-traditional workers who became unemployed as an emergency measure during the pandemic.

If artists leave the industry because they cannot afford to survive, the venues that benefited from emergency grants could face new challenges in finding talent after a busy year.

“We always think of these huge venues and events,” Cohen said. “Why are you coming? You are coming because of the entertainers, the artists.”

Cohen hopes the state will find new ways to support artists.

The State Arts Council has also worked to help artists support themselves. The organization has organized more than 260 training events with nearly 10,000 attendees, Skerritt-Davis said.

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MSAC is also developing an Independent Artist Network employment initiative aimed at connecting artists with employers, he said.

Cohen also hopes that some of the venues used during the pandemic remain relevant and could help artists reach more people as the state reopens.

“The upside of this is that the venues have learned that they can improve access by thinking about things that are personal but also virtual,” Cohen said. “There’s a duality here to give people both that personal experience and a really robust virtual experience.”

Madeleine O’Neill covers the Maryland State House and state issues for the USA Today Network. She can be reached at or on Twitter @maddioneill.

Herald Mail employee Alexis Fitzpatrick contributed to this story.