Update, April 19: Mayor London Breed announced today that San Francisco’s $3 million Music and Entertainment Venue Recovery Fund would begin accepting applications on April 21, and that the deadline to submit them is May 5. The grants will be distributed in amounts of at least $10,000 to shuttered concert halls, clubs and other venues (although the announcement stipulated that the amount may vary depending on the number of applicants), and the fund is accepting donations from the public.
Even though the Save Our Stages Act passed in Congress late last year, most independent music venues are still hanging on by a thread as they wait for the federal grant money to be distributed. Meanwhile, rents, mortgage payments and bills are stacking up. Some Bay Area venues have closed already, and others’ owners are accruing massive debt.