Help Save Wisconsin Indie Venues Affected by COVID-19

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Did you know Wisconsin's independent concert venues contribute a billion dollars a year to our state?

Now, the live entertainment industry we all love is being CRUSHED by COVID-19.

So...what can we do?!

We need your help to sign this petition to our Governor and State Legislators and ask them to assist independent concert venues that have been closed since March 15th by the pandemic by providing funding from the existing state’s COVID-19 fund. Without this funding, many of these businesses will close forever.

We are asking Governor Evers to consider Wisconsin Live Entertainment Grants that other states like Montana (and over a dozen other markets have also committed to):

  • The Live Entertainment Grant Program would be available to Wisconsin based businesses that are engaged in the business of live entertainment, and whose revenues primarily come from live entertainment events
  • To be eligible, businesses must have either derived at least 50% of their 2019 revenue from the sale of tickets for live events or must be businesses that are directly reliant on ticketed live entertainment events
  • Grant funds could be used for operations, payroll, rent or mortgage, utilities, and other business expenses other than property taxes
  • The grant would be the lesser of, 25% of 2019 gross revenue or 1 million dollars
  • The projected cost of this program is under $10 million dollars (and would very likely help the venue in your town stay alive!)

It will take just 20 seconds of your day and you just might help SAVE your city's independent concert venues.

Read our letter to Governor Evers here.