Northland leisure venues profit from the Save our Levels Scholarship
The aim of the scholarship is to help independent live events, museums and theaters that have been severely affected by the pandemic.
Senator Amy Klobuchar, who helped write the bipartisan bill to bring it to life, expressed support for entertainment venues during a visit to Duluth on Sunday.
“In Minnesota as a whole, art adds $ 2 billion to our economy. They have people from all over the country and the world using our venues and the problem is that after the closure it is difficult to reopen and start again so we applied for this funding, ”said Klobuchar.
The leaders of the local venues were also present on Sunday. They said this funding will be invaluable to them as they gradually hire more staff and ramp up production.
“That was an incredibly useful thing for us at DECC,” said Dan Hartman, executive director. “I remember calling it almost like a bridge loan.”
“This bill gave my bankers and financiers the confidence to support us than it would have been easier to run for the mountains,” said Bob Boone, owner of the West Theater.
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