Austin City Council to Vote on $ 1.6 Million for Concert Hall Pandemic Funding


AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin city council members will vote on Thursday to finish handing out cash to entertainment venues affected by the pandemic. They’re voting on it because the SAVES money has run out and a lot of places in Austin haven’t had their share.

The amendment that board members will discuss is worth more than $ 1.5 million from the US Department of Treasury’s American Rescue Plan. Those in the city’s economic development department say that will be enough to complete the list. However, recovering from the pandemic is a problem that will endure.

“These bills don’t go away, so it’s an effort to catch up with people to get their business back in shape and take care of the safety precautions that are going to be needed, extra staff and so that’s a lot,” Erica said. Shamaly, the division chief in the Department of Economic Development of Music and Entertainment.

The federal government handed over $ 16 billion to sites across the country in April.

Music Venue Alliance Texas reports that 800 sites had fewer than 10 employees before the pandemic began in March 2020 – and it predicts that between 30% and 40% of those businesses will remain closed.


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