Capital Region arts venues, promoters land $44M in federal relief

Inside Proctors Theater

Inside Proctors Theater

The U.S. Small Business Administration on Tuesday updated its list of recipients of grants for entertainment venues closed down due to COVID.

The Shuttered Venue Operator Grant program awarded $1.24 billion to New York state venues from the program’s start through Monday. The bulk of the recipients are in New York City, but more than $44 million has been awarded to Capital Region venues.

The Proctors Collective — Proctors in Schenectady and its associated venues — announced in July that it had been approved for more than $10 million in SVOG funds.

It remains the largest recipient in the region in total, but Mills Entertainment Holdings, a theatrical production company with an office in Saratoga Springs, received the maximum amount allowable: $10 million.

Here are some other SVOG recipients in and near the Capital Region:

  • Albany Capital Center, Albany, $627,703
  • Albany Funny Bone, Guilderland, $620,000
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra, Albany, $61,558
  • Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany, $55,051
  • Madison Theatre, Albany, $151,382
  • The Egg, Albany, $900,506
  • Palace Performing Arts Center, Albany, $2,288,064
  • Steamer No.10 Theatre, Albany, $23,702
  • Upstate Concerts Management, Albany, $578,206
  • Riverfront Cinemas, Amsterdam, $258,918
  • Caroga Arts Collective, Caroga Lake, $26,248
  • Glimmerglass Theatre Opera, Cooperstown, $997,250
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, $4,728,163
  • Adirondack Theatre Festival, Glens Falls, $143,948
  • Charles R. Wood Theater, Glens Falls, $104,623
  • Hudson River Music Hall Productions, Hudson Falls, $89,672
  • Curtain Call Theater, Latham, $126,728
  • Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, $255,976
  • The Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs, $33,485
  • Home Made Theater, Saratoga Springs, $101,833
  • Opera Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, $131,928
  • Mills Entertainment Holdings, Saratoga Springs, $10,000,000
  • Saratoga Children’s Theatre, Saratoga Springs, $97,597
  • SPAC, Saratoga Springs, $2,791,363
  • Proctors, Schenectady, $9,423,672; plus $709,170 for the Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, $277,072 for the Empire State Youth Orchestra and $323,776 for Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs
  • Schenectady Museum, Schenectady $455,514
  • Scotia Cinema, Scotia,  $212,631
  • Children’s Museum of Science and Technology, Troy, $73,639
  • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, $563,989

SVOG is one of the COVID-relief programs administered by the federal government; performing arts venues were among the hardest-hit economic sectors, thanks to shutdown orders and patrons wary of catching the virus.

Under the SVOG guidelines, venues that were in operation on Jan. 1, 2019, and are approved for a grant will receive 45% of their 2019 gross earned revenue or $10 million, whichever is less. Venues that began operation after Jan. 1, 2019, and are approved for a grant will receive 600% of their average full-month gross earned revenue during 2019 or $10 million, whichever is less.

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