Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program: Eligibility for Live Venue Operators or Promoters

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

Watch this video to find what the eligibility requirements are for live venue operators or promoters.

Learn more about SVO Grants and other small business pandemic relief programs at:

*Text transcript:*

What is the Grant Amount?
Grant Award is capped at $10 million and is based on 45% of gross earned revenue for 2019

At least $2 billion of the total program is reserved for eligible, small operators with up to 50 full-time employees

What are the SVOG Eligibility Requirements?
Applicants who applied for PPP First Draw and Second Draw after Dec. 27, 2020 are ineligible, *unless the application was denied*

As of the date of receiving its SVOG, have resumed or intend to resume organizing, promoting, managing, or hosting future live events.

What is the Definition of Promoter?
Includes entities or individuals that present live events (i.e., other than as a vendor or service provider) that have both:

• a profit (net income or loss) interest in the presentation of the live event and
• sole or joint rights to control the financial terms of the presentation of the live event, use of the venue and/or marketing of the event

What Venues Qualify?
May be:
• for-profit
• nonprofit
• government-owned

Been fully operational as of February 29, 2020 and must either:

1. Have a principal business of organizing, promoting, producing, managing, or hosting live events including concerts, comedy shows, or theatrical productions that meet the following criteria:

• venue has paid ticket or cover charge, and
• performers are paid based on:
– a percentage of sales
– a guarantee in writing, or
– mutually beneficial formal agreement

2. Venue must generate at least 70% of earned revenue through ticket sales, production fees, or the sale of event food or merchandise; or as its primary business activity, make tickets available for public purchase at least 60 days in advance.

• Ticket sales must be for the same types of events listed under #1 and
• The same rules for payment to performers applies here.

What are Venue-Specific Requirements?
Must have a:
• Defined performance space
• Defined audience space
• Mixing equipment
• Public Address system
• Lighting rig

Have at least one employee hired to perform two of the following activities:
• Sound Engineer
• Booker
• Promoter
• Stage Manager
• Security Personnel
• Box Office Manager, and

Take paid tickets or cover charges to attend most performances
Pay artist "fairly" (artists do not play solely for free or for tips)
Market performances, and
For nonprofit venues that produce free events: have events managed primarily by paid employees

For additional information visit

Source: U.S. Small Business Administration

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