Apr. 14—Our region's community of concert halls, nightclubs and theaters went dark a year ago as performers, employees and patrons hunkered down with the rest of us. These venues that have nurtured the
A grant program backed by Washington
The Grand Cinema in
“It's been a mess, to be honest,” Cowan said at an online town hall hosted by Cantwell. “It's taken a long time to get this going, and the information coming out of the SBA has been all over the place.”
The regional benefit isn't confined only to sustaining the
The economic aspects are important, too. According to Cantwell's office,
“We book artists six months to a year out, so this money is fantastic,” said
The runway for recovery is long, and the systems supplying help should be regarded as necessary infrastructure for future economic resilience. The SBA's Shuttered Venue grants are the latest in a long list of government efforts, state and federal, that have initially faltered to cope with immense demand for COVID-19 economic relief.
With the end of the pandemic in sight, standing up this rescue effort for a precarious and vital sector should be a high priority.
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