Fox Tucson Theater receives SVOG award
Fox Tucson Theater press release:
June 29, 2021
Bonnie Schock, Executive Director of Fox Tucson Theater, and the Fox Board of Directors are pleased to announce that the “Crown Jewel of Downtown” has been awarded a Shuttered Venue Operator’s Grant (SVOG) from a amount of $ 1,448,389. “Having unveiled our 2021-2022 Return to the Fox season of 50+ shows, this comes at a time when much-awaited relief is much needed. With our first live performance since March 2020 in just a few months, these funds are helping us to move boldly towards a full recovery and a triumphant return to Fox. “
The SVOG program supports a wide range of local, regional and national performing arts venues, promoters and producers so that they can continue to contribute to the cultural and economic health of the Tucson community. “We are so happy for all of our colleagues in the industry. As the first to close and among the last to reopen, it has been a time of extreme struggle for all of us involved in bringing people together. These grants replace extreme losses. and help provide the working capital necessary to reopen our doors. ”
Schock stressed that all SVOG-awarded organizations still need regular and ongoing community participation and investment to remain vibrant for years to come. “After such a long time without the joy of live performances in our lives, it’s a nice reminder to show up and support in any way that makes sense to you. We hope everyone buys tickets for shows, spread the word, be a champion, and just keep getting involved with artists, performing arts organizations, clubs and venues large and small. We are all here for you and because of you, and the road to recovery continues. ”Ongoing fundraising efforts over the past year have allowed the Fox Theater to cover basic expenses, pending federal assistance and when performances may resume.
SVOG grants have been awarded to eligible organizations, with the grant amount calculated based on 45% of the organization’s earned income in 2019. The funds can be used for ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred until March 1, 2020 and until December 31, 2021. For Fox, this mainly means staff, artist fees, utilities, routine maintenance, insurance, and so on. make sure the beloved theater is ready for the resumption of performances.
“We are very grateful to those whose advocacy helped pass the legislation that made this targeted relief program a reality for our industry.” said Nancy March, a Fox Board Member, who has chaired Fox’s Advocacy Action Group since August 2020. “Senator Mark Kelly, Representative Raul Grijalva and our Mayor Regina Romero all supported the SVOG They were the champions because they understand the need to compensate for the huge losses that organizations like Fox have faced during the pandemic; and they also know how vital cultural and entertainment businesses are to our local economy and our quality of life. ”
Representative Grijalva said, “Performance venues are an integral part of Tucson’s vibrant culture and economy, and I am pleased that the SBA has finally awarded the Fox Theater an SVOG grant,” said Representative Grijalva. “The need for this funding has been clear for some time, which is why I have been pushing so hard for this program from the start. I am happy to see the results come to fruition and our local businesses getting the help they want. need and deserve. With the funding provided by Congress, they can now move forward to hire, reserve talent, start marketing and ultimately resume operations stronger than before. Our small venues have been waiting long enough to be relieved, and I will continue to fight for all the resources they need to ensure a full economic recovery from the pandemic. “,
Since the announcement of the next season of shows on June 10, sales have been strong, breaking all previous records at the Fox Box Office with headliners like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Lindsey Buckingham, Chris Isaak and Randy Rainbow. selling quickly. For a limited time until July 4, those who purchase tickets for four or more shows will receive a 10% discount on their entire purchase. For more details on the show and to purchase tickets, visit www.foxtucson.com.
This press release was produced by the Fox Tucson Theater. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.