Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board Passes $9+ Million Coronavirus Relief Package For Venues

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On Tuesday, The Joint Emergency Board of the Oregon State Legislature voted overwhelmingly to earmark $50 million in federal funds for distribution to organizations within the state’s arts and culture community struggling in the wake of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The Oregonian reports more than $9.6 million of the package will be split amongst 78 independent venues across the state including the Crystal Ballroom, Doug Fir, the Wonder Ballroom, Roseland Theater and McDonald Theater.

The $50 million comes from Oregon’s share of a federal coronavirus relief fund, the CARES Act. “As a member of the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, I am excited to announce that yesterday we passed a coronavirus relief package of over $9.7 million to help music and performing arts venues across our state that have been closed due to the pandemic,” State Representative for Oregon State House District 42 Rob Nosse said in a statement. “I worked especially hard — behind the scenes to get financial assistance for performance venues.”

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Invidividual organizations such as Oregon Shakespere Festival, Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera and Pendelton Round-Up will receive a split of $24 million, while $26 million will go to county coalitions. The Oregon Legislature released an analysis of the fund including distributions for each independent venue that will receive a grant.

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