Last chance to apply for the Live Music Society Small Venue Grant


The nonprofit, philanthropic organization Live Music Society will close applications for their third round of grants on October 20, giving small concert halls across the United States a final week to apply for individual grants ranging from 10,000 $ to $ 50,000. The LMS grant program is open to theaters in the United States with 50 to 300 sellable seats before Covid-19, established on or before July 1, 2017, and engaged in live music as a primary activity. All the eligibility conditions, information and application are accessible via the website.

Since its inception just over a year ago in October 2020, LMS has committed to awarding $ 1 million in grants each year. Funds are directed to venues that promote and preserve the live musical experience in intimate environments, where artists of all levels and genres debut, connect with audiences, and pursue their performing careers. In the first two rounds, LMS awarded grants to thirty-six sites in twenty-nine cities for a total of over $ 1.2 million. The organization recently received the BOP STOP recipient’s “Cool Cat” award at The Music Settlement in Cleveland, Ohio, dedicated to those “whose love of music fuels them to support the mission of BOP STOP and improve the music scene. of Cleveland ”.In September, LMS appointed Cat Henry as Executive Director, to lead the organization into the next phase of its development at a critical time for US concert halls. Henry says, “The Live Music Society is uniquely positioned to help small venues recover from the pandemic and achieve sustainability for the future, through our grants program and by developing our organizational capacity to provide increased support. to the entire live music ecosystem. Last week, LMS also released a new episode of its short documentary series which was created to support the sites during the pandemic. “Empty spaces: come on everyone” Take a closer look at a beloved Brooklyn venue, with appearances from the R&B legend Nona hendryx, Madison McFerrin and The Illustrious Blacks. Previous winners include:

Ivy Room (Albany, CA)
Ashkenaz Community Music and Dance Center (Berkeley, CA)
The hotel cafe (Los Angeles, California)
La Monnaie (Los Angeles, California)
La Casbah (San Diego, California)
Kuumbwa Jazz (Santa Cruz, California)
Dazzle (Denver, CO)
Hi-Dive (Denver, CO)
Café Neuf (New Haven, Connecticut)
The Hideout (Chicago, Illinois)
Underground (Chicago, IL)
The Jazz Showcase (Chicago, Illinois)
SPACE (Evanston, Illinois)
Maple Leaf Bar (New Orleans, LA)
Club Passim (Cambridge, MA)
The Living Room (Northampton, MA)
Jonathan’s Ogunquit (Ogunquit, ME)
Seven Steps Up (Spring Lake, MI)
Jazz St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
The Word Barn (Exeter, NH)
The Electric Bowery (New York, NY)
Café Lena (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Levon Helm Studios (Woodstock, New York)
BOP STOP @ The Music Settlement (Cleveland, OH)
Mercury Lounge (Tulsa, OK)
The Kennett Flash (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania)
Club Café (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Mucky Duck from McGonigel (Houston, TX)
Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe (Galveston, TX)
Jammin ‘Java (Vienna, Virginia)
Zenbarn (Waterbury Center, Vermont)
Barboza (Seattle, WA)
Fremont Abbey Arts Center (Seattle, WA)
The Royal Hall (Seattle, WA)
The Sunset Tavern (Seattle, WA)
Cactus Club (Milwaukee, WI)

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