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Live Venue Relief Program

The application period is open now, from October 5, 2020, to October 13, 2020.

The Governor has authorized the allocation and expenditure of the allocation of $12 million from the state's CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds for a new relief program to target New Hampshire live performance venues that have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many live shows and sports have been postponed or canceled, and, although some live performance venues have been able to provide entertainment, they are doing so with fewer shows and limited capacity to maintain social distancing in comparison to the usually large groups of people coming and sitting shoulder-to-shoulder. New Hampshire’s live performance venues are struggling to pull through with little or no revenue while still facing the heavy expenses of owning a live performance venue.

The “Live Venue Relief Program” supports performance venues facing revenue losses due to COVID-19, provided that they are primarily engaged in hosting live theatrical presentations, musical entertainment, and/or sporting or racing events that are seated, ticketed, and open to the public. The program is open to both for-profit and nonprofit facilities meeting these criteria.

The application is Open now. Click here to apply to the Live Venue Relief Program. The deadline to submit a completed application is Tuesday, October 13, 2020. You are encouraged to submit your completed application as early as possible before the deadline, in case you need help during the application process. If you miss the deadline, you cannot be considered for a Live Venue Relief Program award.

The program funding will be shared among eligible live performance venues using a pro-rata formula based on revenue losses, adjusted for other COVID-19 relief funds received from state and federal sources. The program will provide recipients up to $1.5 million.

Important Dates

  • Application Period: October 5, 2020 – October 13, 2020
  • Application Deadline: October 13, 2020