Q. Can I apply for a grant?
A. The grant application period is now closed and we are no longer accepting grant applications. The grant application period was between January 19, 2021 and February 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST.
Q. When will grants be awarded?
A. Keep Music Live plans to provide two rounds of COVID-19 grants. The first round of grant awards will be distributed in February 2021. The second round of grant awards will be in Spring 2021, timing dependent on when Keep Music Live has raised sufficient funds to be able provide additional grants.
Q. How much funding should Keep Music Live grantees expect to receive?
A. The amount of funding available for grants ultimately depends on the number of eligible venues that apply. We anticipate the average relief grant will be $5,000 in the first round of funding.
Q. Will there be more than one round of grants distributed? If so, will I need to re-apply?
A. Keep Music Live plans to provide two rounds of COVID-19 grants. The first round to be awarded in February 2021. The second round of grant awards will be in Spring 2021, timing dependent on when Keep Music Live has raised sufficient funds to be able provide additional grants. To be considered for either round of grant funds, venues must have submitted a grant application between January 19, 2021 and February 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST.
Q. If a venue applies and does not receive funding, can they apply again?
A. Venues that do not receive a grant in February 2021 may be eligible for funding in Spring 2021, assuming they submitted a grant application during the period of between January 19, 2021 and February 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST.
Q. If a venue receives funding from Keep Music Live in the first round, is it possible get additional funds in the second round of grantmaking?
A. It is possible that a venue could receive funding from both rounds of grantmaking, but it is not certain. It is also possible that a venue could not receive funding in the first round, but receive funds in the second round. To be considered for either round of grant funds, venues must have submitted a grant application between January 19, 2021 and February 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST.
Q. If a venue has received state or federal COVID relief funds, can the venue still be eligible for a Keep Music Live Grant?
Q. If my business owns more than one venue can I complete just one application?
A. No. Business owners will need to submit separate applications for each venue.
Q. Do I need to own the building in which my business operates?
A. No. Eligible venues may rent or own the building in which they operate.
Q. What can I use the grant money for?
A. Grant funds from Keep Music Live may be used for expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These may or may not include such items as:
- Rent and/or mortgage assistance
- Staff retention
- Emergency planning and/or staff training
- Additional security personnel
- PPE items
- COVID-19 venue upgrades, including the purchase of other new equipment or software for safety protocols
- Insurance premiums
- Existing loans
- Recouping deferred expenses due to cancelled events including artist deposits, ticket refunds, etc.
Q. What documentation are you requesting to support the applications?
A. Venues will need up upload a W9 to verify their business.
Documentation demonstrating a venue’s loss or information about how Keep Music Live grant funds will be spent is not required. Keep Music Live recognizes that the small venues we seek to support have been shuttered for nearly one year and have experienced significant financial loss. We wish to provide some relief.
Q. Keep Music Live equity statement references that “priority will be given to BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and woman owned venues, and venues that can demonstrate a commitment to equitable practices”. Will I still receive a grant if I do not have diversity in my organization?
A. All venue businesses that meet our criteria will receive a grant. The businesses that demonstrate the highest commitment to equitable practices and/or have BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ or woman representation in ownership may receive additional funds above the basic grant amount. This aligns with Keep Music Live’s commitment to support equity in the live music ecosystem.
Q. Will grant proceeds be taxable income for me or my business?
A. We are live music lovers, not tax professionals. We encourage you to please check with your tax advisor to determine any tax implications.
Q. What if I need help with business planning to re-open?
A. If you need help with business planning to re-open, we recommend contacting your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC). To find the SBDC near you, please visit wsbdc.org.
Q. What if I’m not able to re-open? Will I need to repay the money?
A. No, this is a grant and not a loan. Funds will not need to be repaid. Thousands of live music lovers from all over the state of Washington made contributions to help you re-open because we’re all in your corner. If you are not able to re-open, we’ll all still be pulling for you and your next venture.
Q. What else should I know?
A. If you receive a grant, we will send you a short survey several months after the COVID-19 closure mandate is lifted. We would appreciate hearing from you and to learn how grant funds from Keep Music Live helped your venue. We care about your business and our live music ecosystem and culture in Washington State.