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On May 11, the SBA posted a new Post-Application FAQ for Shuttered Venue Operators Grants . In a week to 10 days, a more substantial FAQ will be released addressing topics related to grant recipients. The SBA expects to issue new, high-level data within the next two days regarding the status of applications received. This data is expected to appear on the Shuttered Venues web page, and will be updated on an ongoing basis. As of today, 11,600 applications have been received. The SBA has specified that funds remain available for new applications. This week and next, applicants may begin receiving notices if action is needed on an application. ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2021      ||        CONTACTS:  Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941             Theatre Communications Group Announces 2021 Gala: Our Stories   To Feature Performances from Cambodian Rock Band and Market Theatre  Virtual Gala on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:30pm ET New York, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the performances for the TCG’s 60th Anniversary Gala: Our Stories , which will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:30pm ET with an afterparty to follow. The Gala ...
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While the U.S. has made uncertain but undeniable progress against COVID-19, the pandemic is worsening in other areas of the world, most notably India, as well as countries in South America like Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The stories of suffering are heartbreaking and enraging, and for theatre people with family and friends in these countries, it may be difficult to think about anything else.  We encourage you to check-in on theatre people with ties to these countries, and to give to efforts to support those on the frontlines. Below are some places to give: India Donations - COVID COVID-19 Emergency Indigenous Mutual ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2021         PRESS CONTACTS:  Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 Theatre Communications Group Launches New Round of  Rising Leaders of Color Program Cohort includes NYC-based leaders in various theatre disciplines New York, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the participants in the sixth round of its Rising Leaders of Color (RLC) Program . The participants will form a cohort of eight highly talented early-career BIPOC leaders based in New York City boroughs who are advancing their careers in the U.S. ...
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It's been a hard few weeks, with the news of Derek Chauvin’s conviction was preceded by Adam Toledo’s murder and followed by that of Ma'Khia Bryant’s. Against such systemic brutality, it has always been the voices of artists and activists who’ve helped move us forward. As Sarah Bellamy, artistic director of Penumbra Theatre, writes in her powerful letter in American Theatre , “We still need the Railroad.” She ends her piece with: “Stand in front of those in danger. Don’t leave them alone. Bear witness. Signal love. Do what you can to help a beloved make it home. To sanctuary. To freedom. Alive.” Sarah’s letter ...
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2021 Virtual Conference Programming Preview As our field considers the health and future of our theatre ecology, it is young people who will be most affected by the decisions we make today. On the afternoon of Friday, May 14th, we are passing the mic. Led by younger Millennial and Gen Z staff, this curated block of programming seeks to uplift and center the young people who are a vital part of Our Theatre Ecology . Centering those that are destined to inherit the leadership of our theatres and planet, this programming should interest you if: • You are a young professional (30 and under) ready to help dream of the industry you ...
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TCG Books presents First Fridays Heidi Schreck in Conversation With Paula Vogel Friday, May 7th, 2021 | 7:00pm |  Facebook Live  &  YouTube Live Produced in partnership with our friends at  The Center for Fiction , we invite you to tune in live for this re-aired, riveting conversation! Award-winning writer and performer Heidi Schreck’s critically acclaimed play  What the Constitution Means to Me  thrilled audiences in sold out, extended runs on Broadway and elsewhere. How did she shape constitutional debates and personal history into Broadway material? Join us for a conversation on crafting stories for the stage with Schreck ...
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International Dance Day 2021 is here! Thursday, April 29 is a day of global inspiration and creativity. It is a day of love, and it is a day to move. Why? Because it’s International  Dance Day! Produced by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute, this annual celebration first launched in 1982. It is the sister celebration to World Theatre Day, which takes place annually on March 27.   Each year, International Dance Day is celebrated on April 29--the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), creator of modern ballet. To mark the day, a globally prominent dance practitioner is asked to pen the World Dance Day Address. This year’s ...
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This news is just in: SBA has just Tweeted that the Portal will reopen on Monday at noon ET. Advocacy works. "We heard you and we are taking action. In response to stakeholder feedback about reopening the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application this weekend, the application portal will now reopen on Monday, April 26 at 12pm ET." Have a good weekend! best, Laurie
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The Small Business Administration issued a Tweet followed by an email announcement the evening of Thursday, April 22, that new guidance would be issued on Friday, April 23, and that the Portal would reopen on Saturday. TCG has learned that the time of reopening will be 12:30pm Eastern Time. A new applicant user guide has been posted New FAQs have also been posted. The FAQ indicates new content. A new application checklist is also available. According to the SBA, the checklist will not add new documentation requirements, but will better explain which documents are required, and which are optional. Saturday, April 24, 12:30pm Eastern time ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2021 | CONTACTS:  Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941              Theatre Communications Group Announces 2021 Gala: Our Stories   To Honor Ricardo Khan and the Performing Arts Alliance, Hosted by Shequida  Virtual Gala on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:30pm ET New York, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the 2021 TCG 60th Anniversary Gala: Our Stories will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:30pm ET with an afterparty to follow. The Gala will honor Ricardo Khan and ...
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This afternoon Gene Sperling, a longtime economic adviser under Democratic administrations, tapped by President Biden to oversee implementation of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan, Zach Butterworth, Director of Private Sector Engagement at the White House Office of Public Engagement, and Bharat Ramamurti, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council held an SVOG Stakeholder briefing session. TCG was in attendance along with the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Broadway League, Coalition of Large Theaters, Dance/USA, League of American Orchestras, National Association of Theatre Owners, National Independent Talent Association, National ...
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Thank you for taking a few minutes to give TCG and our partners at Groundwater Arts, Broadway Green Alliance, and HowlRound a quick snapshot of where the field is on some crucial climate-related issues, to better inform our work together at our upcoming Climate Action and Environmental Justice Summit and beyond. COMPLETE THE SURVEY You may fill out this survey anonymously or include your name and/or contact information; identifying information will not be shared outside of TCG and our partner organizations. No fields are required. Individuals as well as organizational staff and leaders are welcome to complete the survey. Please submit your responses ...
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I’m writing as a former resident of Minnesota from a place of grief and rage over the murder of Daunte Wright. Daunte was beloved by his friends and family, including his two-year old child. This horrific act of anti-Black police brutality is only made worse by occurring so close to the Derek Chauvin trial, where the trauma of George Floyd’s murder and uncertainty of justice are so painfully present. This violence follows the release of the video showing police officers terrorizing Lieutenant Caron Nazario, and we know that many of the wounds inflicted by this brutal system don’t ever rise to national attention.  To our Black colleagues, we see you, we know ...
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Following yesterday's extreme challenges surrounding the opening of the application portal of the Shuttered Venues Operators Grant program, here is an update on what we know. While we all await imminent and official notification from the SBA, we have been advised that the SVOG application portal will not reopen today, as the SBA is working diligently to fix the issues and to provide more clear guidance. We do not yet have word as to the date/time of reopening. Applicants can continue to register for an account, in advance of the portal reopening. We have asked for updates, corrections and more clarity to the Applicant User Guide, Application ...
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As the theatre field carefully reopens, many theatres find themselves on the verge of the most significant hiring processes in recent memory. Collectively, this represents a significant opportunity for our field to meet the #WeSeeYouWAT demands for BIPOC representation. What are the tools and resources we need to hire equitably? What are the systems that will hold us accountable? How can we ensure this surge of hiring doesn't negatively impact BITOC (Black Theatres, Indigenous Theatres, and Theatres of Color)? And, for white leaders, how are we evaluating the space we take up, and if and when we move back, move within, and lead differently?  An Open Forum ...
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We’re thrilled to announce that environmental justice educator Taylor Morton and climate researcher Sonali McDermid will join us and other climate organizers in conversation at our  Climate Action and Environmental Justice Summit   on April 22nd!  Sonali P. McDermid, Ph.D.   (she/her) is a climate scientist, modeler, and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU.   Read Sonali’s full bio here. Taylor Morton   (they/them) is the Director of Environmental Health and Education at   WE ACT for Environmental Justice .      Read Taylor’s full bio here. Register for the Summit Now! ...
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New Shuttered Venue Operators Grants Guidance Online as Portal Opens Today! The Small Business Administration (SBA) has released new guidance to inform the application process for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program, which is set to open at  12:00 Noon Eastern on Thursday, April 8. The SBA and its resource centers are the definitive source of guidance on the application requirements and grant administration details, and all potential applicants are encouraged to carefully review all SBA-issued guidance for the most up-to-date information. Here are some of the newest resources: SBA Portal Homepage   Latest ...
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Available now: Tim Robbins in conversation with Ariane Mnouchkine, Peter Brook, and Guillermo Calderón  Fundación Teatro a Mil (Teatro a Mil Foundation), based in Santiago de Chile, is offering free access to recorded one-on-one conversations between the renowned American actor and director Tim Robbins and artists Ariane Mnouchkine , Peter Brook and Guillermo Calderón with more interviews to come. The interviews are in English.  The Teatro a Mil Foundation has had the honor of bringing both Mnouchkine and Brook to Chile, within the framework of the internationally renowned Santiago a Mil International Festival. Brook presented the ...
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The Small Business Administration (SBA) presented a webinar on Tuesday, March 30, outlining key eligibility and application requirements for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG) program, which is set to open for applications on Thursday, April 8, 2021. A recording will soon be available. In the meantime, here are some highlights: Prepare to apply as soon as possible – all may apply on the first day of the program. Once the portal opens, applicants can submit an application at any time, regardless whether an organization is within one of the two priority periods. Within priority periods, SBA will process applications in the order received. An ...
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