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SBA Venue-Relief Website Receives More Than 17,000 Applications in First 24 Hours

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Jem Aswad Senior Music EditorWe’ve been reluctant to jinx it, but after a disastrous non-launch earlier this month, the website for the Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Relief Grant (SVOG) was up and running at noon E.T.

on Monday and in its first 24 hours, received more than 17,000 applications and submitted nearly half of them.The website, also called a portal, is the way that independent concert venues and theaters, which have been closed for the better part of 13 months, can apply for their share of the $16 billion in federal relief aid passed into law by the Save Our Stages act.A rep told Variety on Tuesday, “As of noon ET today (24 hours open), the SVOG portal had received 17,356 applications and, of those, 9,472 had.

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