January 1–31, 2021
SAVE OUR STAGES ACT (Community Theatres excluded from funding)
PLEASE CALL OUR FEDERAL LEGISLATORS TODAY!
Please help us flood the phones of Congressman Jim Himes: (203) 353-9400, Senator Dick Blumenthal: (202) 224-2823 and Senator Chris Murphy: (202) 224-4041. Also, key sponsors: Amy Klobuchar 202-224-3244; Chuck Schumer - (202) 224-6542; John Cornyn - 202-224-2934.
There are about 20,000+/- community theatres in the US. From some quick math here, we're at least a $1B industry.
In dollars and cents, what this change would mean to us is this: A grant in the amount of 45% of 2019's income, would amount to $308,000. The suggested option since we're not available, is another PPP Loan in the amount of $98,000. A stunning difference to say the least.
Many of our colleague theatres that have now paid staff (New Canaan Town Players, Wilton Playshop, etc..) are not even eligible for PPP Loans, so we really need to fix this immediately before the SBA issues application guidelines.
If you want additional clarification on this issue, please write Lou Ursone at Lou@curtaincallinc.com...if you'd like a phone call, just include your number.