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Gov. Evers announces $15 million in grants for 96 Wisconsin music and entertainment venues

Gov. Tony Evers announced today that $15 million dollars in Covid-19 Live Music and Entertainment Venue Grants has been awarded to 96 venues in Wisconsin. The grants aim to help live music, entertainment and event venues that have lost revenue or even gone dark completely during the pandemic.

The Pabst Theater Group venues, Wisconsin Center District, Shank Hall, The Rave/Eagles Club, Marcus Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Summerfest's parent group Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. are among the Milwaukee organizations and venues that will receive aid.

“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,” Evers said in a statement. “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.”

The grants are funded by federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and provide the venues with 25% of their 2019 ticket and event sales up to $500,000.

You can find the full list of grant recipients and how much they have been awarded here