A sextet of Mill Valley-centric arts organizations were among the 29 Marin entities that collectively garnered more than $17 million via the federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program that sought to help them recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rep. Jared Huffman, whose district includes Marin, released earlier this month a districtwide list of funding recipients through the SVOG program. The program provided eligible applicants with grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, up to $10 million, according to the Marin Independent Journal.
The Small Business Administration grant program was included in the $900 billion stimulus passed by Congress in December 2020 (yes, you read that right) as the Save Our Stages Act. It had a bumpy rollout to say the least. When its application portal opened April 8, it crashed and didn’t reopen until three weeks later. It took until June for the first grants to be announced.
But after those multiple bumps in the road, the program delivered on the hard work done by local arts organization leaders. All of the major Mill Valley-centric arts orgs like Throckmorton Theatre, Sweetwater Music Hall, Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, the Mountain Play and the California Film Institute’s Mill Valley Film Festival received grants.
The agency has approved 9,844 grants, including 1,393 in California, according to the IJ, including more than $2.2 million for the County of Marin’s arts programming.