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San Francisco Music and Entertainment Venue Recovery Fund

Grants to California Entertainment Venues for
Critical Support During the COVID-19 Crisis

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San Francisco Office of Small Business

Deadline Date:

05/05/21 11:59 PM PDT


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Grants to California entertainment venues in eligible locations for critical support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Grant funds may be used for mortgage, rent, utilities, payroll, insurance, and property taxes. Funding is intended to provide financial support to San Francisco-based live music and entertainment venues to prevent their permanent closure due to the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Priority criteria are:

  • Been in operation for 15 years
  • Registered on the City Legacy Business Registry 
  • Have a maximum occupancy of less than 1,000 people on your Place of Assembly permit from the Fire Department
  • Be located in and contribute to a Cultural District 
  • Be in imminent danger of closing
  • Imminent danger of closing means that you would have to close permanently within 90 days.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195628

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be for at least $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Your business must have had a Place of Entertainment (POE) permit on February 25, 2020. You also must maintain that POE permit.

Operations: The principal function of your business must be offering live entertainment, meaning that you have:
- Performance and audience spaces
- Sound system
- Lighting system

Frequent live entertainment: Before February 25, 2020, you must have provided live entertainment 16 or more days a month on average or every day you were open to the public. You must commit to reopen, when possible, with live entertainment on 16 or more days per month on average or on every day you are open to the public.

Marketing: You also must market performances at your venue with specific performers identified by name.

Ownership: Your business cannot be owned, managed, or exclusively booked by a publicly traded company.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are open from April 21 at 5:00 pm until May 5, 2021 at 11:59 P.M. PDT.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Office of Small Business
Phone: 415-554-6680

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Francisco

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