COVID-19 Live Music and Entertainment Venue Grant Program

Live entertainment and large meeting venues, which often serve as community gathering places and cultural hubs, were among the first small businesses to close and may be among the last to fully re-open. Many owners have expressed the need for federal assistance to help these venues remain viable resources for the communities they serve.


Governor Tony Evers has designated $15,000,000 from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to live entertainment and large meeting venue operators whose facilities have been negatively affected by COVID-19. Administered through the Department of Administration (DOA), the COVID-19 Live Music and Entertainment Venue Grant Program will provide awards up to $500,000 or 25% of 2019 ticket or event sales, whichever is less.


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Timeline- UPDATED October 16, 2020
  • Eligible Expense Incurred Period - March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020
  • Grant Announcement Issue Date - Wednesday, October 14, 2020
  • Webinar - Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 3:30 PM CDT - UPDATED, see "Resources" for instructions
  • Applications Due - Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM CST
  • Notification of Award Issue Date - November 2020 (estimate)
  • Grant Agreement Execution - November 2020 (estimate)
  • Final Report Due - February 1, 2021