The National Independent Venue Foundation announced the relaunch of its Emergency Relief Fund last week.
In order to provide economic relief to independent, music and comedy venues, festivals, and promoters across the USA who are experiencing a severe financial emergency due to circumstances beyond their control.
“These venues and promoters contribute in immeasurable ways to the vibrancy of the nation’s diverse communities and economy,”said Lisa Gedgaudas, co-chair of the NIVF ERF Committee and program manager, Cultural Affairs Arts & Venues with the city and county of Denver.
“While NIVF’s ERF is limited in resources compared to the federal funding we have seen, it is our social responsibility to have this program in place to help represent our independent contributors that are hardest hit and facing severe and catastrophic emergencies beyond their control. From pandemics to fire and floods, the new evolution of the ERF program stands in preparation for a stronger recovery in the face of various climate emergencies that may continue to impact independent venues in our communities over time.”Said Lisa Gedgaudas, co-chair of the NIVF ERF Committee and program manager, Cultural Affairs Arts & Venues with the city and county of Denver.
There’s a few changes to the fund since it was created in October 2020 to mitigate the catastrophic effects of COVID-19 shutdowns on independent venues.
The updated Emergency Relief Fund will now cover additional unforeseeable situations beyond the control of recipients, including natural disasters, future pandemics, and the lasting effects of COVID-19.
An application link and more information can be found at NIVF’s website.