Accessing Federal Relief

TCG is committed to supporting the theatre field in accessing the current federal relief funds, including: the Shuttered Venues Operators Grants, formerly known as Save Our Stages; the renewed Payroll Protection Program, and newly expanded Employee Retention Tax Credits. These federal relief opportunities are the result of grassroots and coalition advocacy efforts over many months, and we thank everyone who contacted their representatives. If you haven't already signed up to receive Action Alerts from TCG and the Performing Arts Alliance, please do so here.

TCG also acknowledges that Black Theatres, Indigenous Theatres, and all Theatres of Color, or BITOC, have been hardest hit by the pandemic, and are in greatest need of support. We know that BITOC had a harder time accessing PPP and other forms of federal relief in 2020, and we want to make sure they are equitably served this time round. To that end, TCG us working with BITOC leaders on a BITOC-centered session to access these opportunities, including through technical assistance with Andrea Nellis, TCG’s Interim CFO. As soon as SBA releases SVOG guidelines and applications, TCG will announce a schedule of sessions for BITOCs with Andrea, in order to help folks make informed decisions and fill out applications. UPDATED: SBA has released some SVOG guidelines and FAQs

Additionally, TCG staff will be supporting peer-led technical assistance over the coming weeks through the Finance Directors Circle Group, an online professional affinity space for finance staff. This online community and listserv was a major resource during the last round of federal relief funds, and we encourage anyone interested to join by emailing Corinna Schulenburg.

WEBINAR: Accessing PPP, Save Our Stages and More


On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, from 3:00-4:30pm ET, TCG hosted a webinar for all theatres with a cross-sector group of arts leaders. Focused on the current PPP and SOS opportunities, as well as newly expanded Employee Retention Tax Credits (ERTC), we also looked ahead to additional advocacy opportunities with the new administration, this webinar featured remarks from: Teresa Eyring and Laurie Baskin, TCG; Nataki Garrett, Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Oskar Eustis, The Public Theater; Heather Noonan, League of American Orchestras: Tony Shivers, Dance/USA and Opera America, and representative from Arnold & Porter, a lobbying firm that worked closely on Save Our Stages.

SLIDES from Laurie Baskin, TCG

SLIDES from Tony Shivers, Dance/USA

SLIDES from Heather Noonan, League of American Orchestras

BITOC-Specific Federal Relief Info Sessions


TCG is offering dedicated support in navigating these opportunities to Black Theatres, Indigenous Theatres, and Theatres of Color (BITOC).We define BITOC as theatres founded by, for, about, with and near BIPOC communities. We hosted two info sessions on January 28th and January 29th, 2021. We'd like to thank Leslie Ishii, Artistic Director, Perseverance Theatre; Board President, CAATA; Jackie Taylor, Artistic Director, Black Ensemble Theater; Snehal Desai, Artistic Director, East West Players; Teresa Coleman Wash, Artistic Director, Bishop Arts Theatre; and Rafael Sánchez, Executive Artistic Director, Repertorio Español for their support in organizing and helping to frame these sessions.

Given that each session had a different set of speakers and questions asked, we are sharing both recordings with you. Both sessions also mentioned the benefit of peer-to-peer information sharing amongst BITOCS in particular. Because of this, TCG compiled a list of BITOCs who received the first round of PPP which you can find on slide #4 of the slide deck, HERE

Need additional assistance with federal relief applications? Additional application support sessions for BITOCs will be announced in the coming weeks, so please stay tuned. Please email smhaber@tcg.org for general questions.