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Several local entertainment venues awarded state grants

Posted at 7:08 PM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 20:08:44-05

MADISON (NBC 26) -- Governor Tony Evers announced that $15 million in COVID-19 Live Music and Entertainment Venue Grants has been awarded to 96 live venues, and several local venues have been included.

Evers said the grants aim to provide financial stabilization to Wisconsin’s live entertainment and large meeting venues, which were among the first small businesses to feel dramatic negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know large gatherings of people in small spaces can be a catalyst for spread, which is why our folks in the live music and entertainment industry have been doing their part to help keep their communities and people safe,” said Gov. Evers. “These changes haven't been easy, but these venues have worked to be good partners throughout this process. We hope these funds can provide critical support and stabilization to help them get through until we can all gather safely and enjoy entertainment together again.”

In Northeast Wisconsin, hundreds of thousands of dollars was awarded to some venues. The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center received $362,287.61. PMI Entertainment, the group that manages the Resch Center and Meyer Theatre, was awarded $395,308.00. Door County Resorts Mgmt in Sturgeon Bay received a grant for $302,534.63.

Many other area venues received smaller grants.