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Sen. Grassley Looks to Help Struggling Live Venues

After so many community celebrations, county fairs, and live music concerts across the state were cancelled last year by the pandemic, the return of those events in 2021 is a welcome development.

With the increased social interaction, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R) tells KCHA/KCZE those events can be a more enjoyable environment if more people get their COVID vaccination.

Grassley is also attempting to help more live events like the recent Country Thunder musical festival in Forest City return sooner rather than later. He has joined Senators John Cornyn of (R) Texas, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota (D) and several colleagues in urging Small Business Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman to disburse Shuttered Venue Operator Grant funding as soon as possible.

Grassley says many live entertainment venues are still awaiting the federal assistance which was signed into law six months ago as the “Save Our Stages Act.”  The funding was created to prevent widespread closures of venues that have been devastated by the loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic


Mark Pitz

News Director
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