OCEANSIDE, CA – The Sunshine Brooks Theater is the longtime home of the Oceanside Theater Company. As with other entertainment venues, the theater company was unable to perform and lost revenue due to COVID. But that is about to change with the help of the federal government.

This week, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced that nearly $ 19 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding will go to local entertainment venues, theaters and museums through the Shuttered Venue Operators program. Grant (SVOG). A total of 28 sites in northern San Diego County and southern Orange County received $ 18,982,835 to help cover wages, rent and mortgages, worker protection costs and other eligible expenses. Representative Levin helped push through funding under COVID relief legislation in December 2020, and later under the US bailout.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for everyone in our community, and in particular for local entertainment venues, theaters and museums which have been forced to close,” said Representative Levin. “As we recover from the pandemic, I am happy that local venues have received the federal help they need to make up some of their lost income and help reopen their doors to all who cherish their events. as they work to ensure the show continues, I will continue to work to make sure they have the support they need to continue serving our community. ”

“We are grateful to Congressman Levin and everyone who helped provide this critical funding to close the revenue gap lost during the shutdown,” said Colleen Kollar Smith, executive producer of the Moonlight Amphitheater. “Knowing that those funds were on the horizon allowed Moonlight to reopen with confidence in June and will help us employ close to 200 artists and technicians this year. The last two months of production for a live audience reinforced what we knew to be true: The arts will play a pivotal role in helping our community heal and deal with the profound loss we all experienced during the pandemic. “

“The Mission Preservation Foundation is grateful for this essential funding. The devastating effects of the pandemic on the Mission shut it down for the first time in 100 years and almost all sources of income have been eliminated, ”said Mechelle Lawrence Adams, Executive Director of Mission San Juan Capistrano. “With funding like this, we can determine our plan to rebound which includes new programs, processes, while keeping our doors open and welcoming important community traditions. We are grateful for this funding and appreciate the support and the community’s investment in Mission San Juan Capistrano. “

“Without a doubt, SVOG has had a huge positive impact. This grant has enabled New Village Arts to hire two full-time and one part-time positions and allows us to reopen our theater with a brand new musical in world premiere in November, ”said Joan Cumming, Interim Executive Director of New Village Arts in Carlsbad.

Local recipients receiving funds include Historic San Juan Capistrano Mission, Belly Up Tavern, North Coast Repertory Theater, City of Vista / Moonlight Theater, Oceanside Theater Company, Poinsettia Center for the Arts , the Lux Art Institute, La Paloma Theater, New Village Arts, and the Carlsbad Music Festival.

The SVOG program was created under the Economic Aid for Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Hard-Affected Sites Act, and amended by the US Rescue Plan Act. The Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance Office administers more than $ 16 billion through the SVOG program. Eligible applicants could claim grants equal to 45% of their gross income earned, with a maximum amount of $ 10 million. A portion of the SVOG funding was reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

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