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Austin City Council votes for $1.6 million in live music venue pandemic funding

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin City Council members will vote on Thursday to finalize funding for pandemic-affected entertainment venues. They’re voting because the SAVES Act runs out of money and many places in Austin aren’t getting their share.

NS amendment board member will discuss more than $1.5 million from the U.S. Treasury Department’s American Rescue Plan. People at the city’s Economic Development Department say that should be enough to complete the list. However, post-pandemic recovery is an issue that will persist.

“Those bills are not going away so this is an effort to get people caught up in their business again and taking care of what safety precautions will be required, additional staff and because that’s a lot,” says Erica Shamaly, division manager at the Music & Entertainment Economic Development Division.

The federal government awarded $16 billion to locations around the country in April.

The Texas Correspondent’s Music Venues Alliance 800 locations had less than 10 employees before the pandemic began in March 2020 — and it expects between 30% and 40% of those to close.

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https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/austin-city-council-to-vote-on-1-6m-for-live-music-venue-pandemic-funding/ Austin City Council votes for $1.6 million in live music venue pandemic funding

DUSTIN JONES

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