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Independent Venues Can’t Hold On Much Longer For Federal Relief

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For Donnie Biggins, the owner of a small Chicago venue called Golden Dagger, April 8 was supposed to be a lifeline. It was the day the Small Business Administration would open applications for the $16.25 billion Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG), a part of the December Save Our Stages Act aiming to provide relief to entertainment venues and other qualified businesses that suffered a revenue loss of 90 percent or more as a result of coronavirus restrictions between April and December 2020.  Instead, when the SBA’s applications online portal opened at noon, Biggins and other applicants couldn’t get it to load...

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