The bill has been passed as part of the US’s $900 billion relief package

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

The ‘Save our Stages’ Act has been passed by Congress as part of the US’s $900 billion relief package.

The bill will allow entertainment businesses, arts venues, and independent talent agencies to apply for grants from the Small Business Administration.

Organizations that have lost a minimum of 25% of their revenue will qualify and receive aid for employee salaries, rent, utilities, etc. Those that have lost more than 90% of their revenue will be able to apply first.

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Unemployment benefits will be extended, providing support for ’gig workers,’ including freelance musicians. Refundable Employee Retention Tax Credits will be extended, as will enhanced charitable giving incentives.