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The New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program will open at 9 a.m. on Aug. 17 for venues, businesses, and sole proprietors that host, organize, promote, produce, or manage live events or performances.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority said the program provides grants of up to 30% of an eligible venue, business, or sole proprietor’s decline in operating revenue from 2019 to 2020, up to a maximum grant award of $300,000.

To help potential applicants prepare to apply, the NJEDA is hosting an informational webinar about the program at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11.  Businesses can register for the webinar at bit.ly/NJEDA_StageGrantWebinar.

The grant program is open to for-profit venues, businesses, and sole proprietors with an eligible NAICS Code or who make 50% or more of their operating revenue from the organization, hosting, promotion, production, or management of performances. Applicants must demonstrate a 25% or greater operating loss between Q2 2019 and Q2 2020 as well as involvement in at least 26 live performances where performers were paid, and tickets were sold, or admissions fees were charged over any consecutive 13-week period since Jan. 1, 2019.

Nonprofit organizations are not eligible for the New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program. A separate program for nonprofit establishments is being administered by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

More information about the New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program is available at https://business.nj.gov/covid/community-stage.