Congressional delegation highlights shuttered venues grants

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(See grant list for state and nation at bottom of story)

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper, Chris Coons, and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) joined representatives from the Queen in Wilmington to promote the federal  Shuttered Venue Operating Grant program (SVOG

 In all, Delaware venues will receive a total of just more than $30 million. (See a listing of venues below)

SVOG was a provision born out of the Save our Stages Act, legislation supported by Delaware’s congressional delegation.

The SVOG program provides grants to eligible organizations that have suffered revenue loss due to the Covid pandemic. Business types eligible for SVOGs include live venue operators, promoters, arts organizations, talent representatives, motion picture theater operators, museums, and theatrical producers.

Successful applicants can receive grants equal to 45 percent of their gross earned revenue, up to a maximum of $10 million.

The $10 million ceiling was designed to stop large entertainment groups from grabbing the lion’s share of funding.

Still, there has been criticism that the awarding of grants was not fair and denied worthy potential recipients without accounting, legal and other resources to snap up funding.  The program was also criticized for earlier technical problems.

“Arts venues across Delaware faced unimaginable challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester. “While other industries were able to adapt to the pandemic, the Arts completely shut down leading to massive layoffs and lost revenue for these spaces. But because of these federal dollars, the stages we all know and love, from a small movie theatre in Dagsboro to a concert hall in Arden, have been able to re-open and operate safely so that Delawareans can once again experience the arts safely. I’m proud to support our stages and I look forward to the impact these funds will have on our community and economy.”

Below is a listing from the Small Business Administration of businesses and organizations that received Shuttered venues grants.

The largest grant of nearly $4.5 million went to Front Row Enterprises, a Wilmington-based company that books travel and musical groups in the Caribbean.

The smallest grant for about $6,000 went to an organization that has a small live performance venue in St. Georges in southern New Castle County.

Initial amount
Supplement
Total
Name
City/town
Category
$2,927,000
$1,536,296
$4,463,296
Front Row Enterprises 
Wilmington
Live venue operator or promoter
$2,307,023
$1,153,512
$3,460,535
Penn Cinema Riverfront 
Wilmington
Movie operator
$2,259,945
$1,145,373
$3,405,318
Westown Movies LLC
Middletown
Movie operator
$3,057,642
 
$3,057,642
The Delaware State Fair
Harrington
Live venue operator or promoter
$1,957,265
$1,071,367
$3,028,632
Atlantic Theaters, LLC 
Rehoboth Beach
Movie operator
$1,919,032
$959,516
$2,878,548
Grand Opera House Inc. 
Wilmington
Live performing arts organization 
$1,533,023
$766,512
$2,299,535
Joshua M. Freeman Foundation
Selbyville
Live performing arts organization 
$1,372,037
$686,018
$2,058,055
Bottle Taproom Inc. Bottle & Cork 
Dewey Beach
Live venue operator or promoter
$1,131,272
$582,679
$1,713,951
Main Street Movies 5 LLC
Newark
Movie operator
$911,436
$479,268
$1,390,704
Buccini Pollin Partners LLC
Wilmington
Live venue operator 
$545,743
$272,872
$818,615
New Candlelight Productions, Inc 
Wilmington
Live venue operator
$353,230
 
$353,230
Premier Centre for the Arts, LLC 
Milton
Live venue operator
$333,126
 
$333,126
Delaware Theatre Company
Wilmington
Live performing arts organization 
$191,319
$136,722
$328,041
2 Plus 2 USA, Inc. 
Wilmington
Talent representative
$273,243
 
$273,243
Clear Space Theatre Company 
Rehoboth Beach
Live performing arts organization 
$166,208
$88,124
$254,332
Arden Club Inc.
Wilmington
Live venue operator 
$134,535
$72,224
$206,759
The South Newport Co. 
Dagsboro
Movie operator
$190,621
 
$190,621
Hudson Fields 
Dewey Beach
Live venue operator 
$125,954
$62,977
$188,931
Smyrna-Clayton Heritage Association
Smyrna
Live performing arts organization 
$113,464
$56,732
$170,196
PromoShare, Inc.
Wilmington
Live venue operator
$99,063
$70,282
$169,345
Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Rehoboth Beach
Movie operator
$158,411
 
$158,411
First State Ballet Theatre 
Wilmington
Live performing arts  
$100,876
$50,438
$151,314
Theatre N 
Wilmington
Movie operator
$134,044
 
$134,044
Westown Theatre Management LLC 
Wilmington
Movie operator
$130,526
 
$130,526
Dickens Parlour Theatre LLC 
Dagsboro
Live venue operator
$46,992
$33,912
$80,904
NRJ Partners LLC
Smyrna
Live venue operator
$76,836
 
$76,836
Viral Festivals
Newark
Live venue operator
$72,099
 
$72,099
Wilmington Drama League
Wilmington
Live performing arts 
$35,568
$32,360
$67,928
Geodesic Management, LLC
Newark
Talent representative
$46,280
 
$46,280
Realize Records LLC 
Middletown
Talent representative
$25,512
 
$25,512
Delaware Shakespeare Festival, Inc. 
Wilmington
Live performing arts organization 
$23,369
$23,369
Blue Horizon Promotions, LLC –
Saint Georges
Live venue operator
$11,848
$9,362
$21,210
Coastal Concerts, Inc. – 
Lewes
Live performing arts 
$11,071
 
$11,071
Delaware  Choral Society 
Dover
Live performing arts 
$7,021
 
$7,021
Nomad Talent, LLC.
Smyrna
Talent representative
$5,985
 
$5,985
Saint Georges Culture & Arts Revival Corp.
Saint Georges
Live venue operator 
Initial amount
$22,788,619
Supplement
$9,266,546
Total
$32,055,165
(Source: Small Business Administration)
   

Below is a link to the national database.

awards-as-of-11-22

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