Wisconsin music venues petition Gov. Tony Evers for help

Wisconsin music venues petition Gov. Tony Evers for help

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Every Thursday on Radio Milwaukee we — the Journal Sentinel’s Piet Levy and 88Nine’s Evan Rytlewski — talk about the music coming into Milwaukee and the music coming out of Milwaukee on Tap’d In.

We’ve talked a lot on Tap’d In this year about how independent music venues are struggling. An estimated 90% of them could be at risk of closing.

There’s a push for something to happen at the state level, and some recent news on the front: Gov. Tony Evers has announced a $5 million grant program to help arts organizations that have been impacted by the pandemic. However it seems unlikely that for-profit venues like The Rave or Cactus Club would currently be eligible for money under that program.

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So the Wisconsin chapter of the National Independent Venues Association has started a Change.org petition to secure some emergency grants. “We are asking Governor Evers to consider Wisconsin Live Entertainment Grants that other states like Montana (and over a dozen other markets have also committed to),” they write in the petition.

Hear Piet give us the scoop on this week’s episode.

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