COVID-19 Advocacy Efforts

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As a field focused on bringing people together, here's how we are responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

APAP Advocacy Alert

Updated 11:30 a.m. (EDT), May 12, 2021

On May 10, the Small Business Administration (SBA) reported that over 11,000 applications were submitted to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. Representing more than $12 billion in grant requests of the available $16.25 billion, these figures tell a promising story that most early applicants are likely to get funded and that monies may remain for those seeking supplemental grants.

On May 11, the SBA posted new Post-Application FAQs for Shuttered Venue Operators Grants.

More information about the exact timing of the awards is still to be confirmed. The SBA is indicating that Priority 1 (those with revenue losses at 90% or greater) awards will be announced this month (May 2021).

Applications are still being accepted. Performing arts organizations, live performance venues, talent representatives and other potentially eligible applicants are encouraged to apply now.

You can read our full update here.

We are stronger together.

Congressional Action

APAP has joined the broader arts and nonprofit sectors in advocating for the performing arts booking, touring and presenting field in the wake of COVID-19 closures, event cancellations, and the diverse needs of APAP members during this time.

Looking for information on U.S. federal Coronavirus relief? Visit APAP's dedicated relief page.

It's very important that we continue to make the case for performing arts organizations, arts workers, and artists. Our collective advocacy efforts as a field are working. Your stories are being heard. We thank you for your efforts and urge you to continue to engage your local Congressional staff directly and use the talking points from the above statements.