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The Live Entertainment Grant Program is available to Montana-based businesses and non-profits that are engaged in the business of live entertainment, and whose revenues primarily come from live entertainment events.   

This grant is intended to ensure the long-term viability of live entertainment in Montana that has been severely impacted by COVID-19. Bars, restaurants, and other facilities whose primary business is anything other than live entertainment are not eligible. Businesses that are not directly responsible for the production of live entertainment events in Montana are not eligible. 

Eligibility: 

  1. Applicants must have either derived at least 33% of their 2019 revenue from the sale of tickets for live events or must be businesses that are directly reliant on ticketed live entertainment events but are not directly in receipt of ticket revenue. That includes only the follow business types: venues, event promoters, event production, lighting and sound, rigging and stagehands, security, and other physical infrastructure. 
  2. Eligible applicants’ revenue for Q2 (April 1 – June 30) 2020 must also no greater than 10% of 2019’s Q2 (April 1 – June 30) revenue.
  3. Nonprofit applicants that receive a Live Entertainment grant will not be eligible for a Round 2 nonprofit grant.

Eligible uses of funds:  Grant funds may be used for operations, payroll, rent or mortgage, utilities, and other business expenses other than property taxes. 

Ineligible businesses:  Examples of ineligible businesses include wedding venues, event support software, event rentals, and event planners, tour operators, tourism businesses, tradeshows, or city/county/university/tribal owned assets.

Application Review:   Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis for complete applications received from eligible applicants.
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