Feb 11, 2021 - News
Klobuchar: Relief cash could flow to music venues "very soon"
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Music venues suffering from empty stages during the pandemic can expect to see cash from a new federal grant program "very soon," U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar tells Axios.

What they're saying: "We knew it would take a while, [but] right now, I'm not hearing any red flags about [the implementation]," Klobuchar, lead sponsor of the Save our Stages Act, said during an Axios Smart Take event.

The backdrop: The provision, included in the December coronavirus relief package, set aside $15 billion for independent venues that lost significant revenue due to pandemic closures.

  • While the Small Business Administration is still working on getting the application process live, Klobuchar said high interest in a recent info session underscored the need for assistance: "We're looking at further help."

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