Huntington’s Paramount Theatre and Cinema Arts Centre and Northport’s John Engeman Theater to benefit from the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant.
Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-Long Island, Queens) has announced that 94 live entertainment venues on Long Island will receive a total of over $51 million from the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program (SVOG). Since the pandemic began, Suozzi has been a strong advocate for the establishment of the relief program, rallying with venue operators across New York in calling for relief for live venues.
The SVOG program was initially plagued by technical challenges, which have since greatly improved. In Congress, Suozzi routinely advocated for improvements to the program. His efforts were successful, and the SBA has now approved 9,884 grants nationally, including 1,142 in New York and 94 on Long Island. Grants will continue to be distributed on a rolling basis.
“On March 22, 2020, non-essential businesses in New York shut down. The reopening and recovery of businesses has been uneven ever since,” said Rep. Suozzi. “I am relieved that the Small Business Administration heeded our call to improve and expedite the approval process to deliver this critical aid to impacted businesses as soon as possible. Local businesses like these contribute too much to the spirit and culture of our communities and economy for us to do nothing.”
Local businesses that will benefit from the SVOG program include The Paramount Theatre and Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, along with talent and booking agencies, event planners, and entertainment, film and television production companies in both Huntington and Melville.
“I would like to thank Congressman Suozzi for the time he took listening to me and learning about our industry. He was constantly advocating on our behalf to make sure the Save Our Stages legislation would be included in the COVID relief bill passed last December. The SVOG program has thrown the live venue industry the lifeline that is needed to get to the other side of this pandemic,” said Kevin O’Neill, owner of the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport.
“We would like to thank Congressman Suozzi for his diligent efforts in passing the SVOG legislation. This has been a lifeline to all of us who wish to keep the arts alive and well on Long Island,” said Dom Catoggio, one of the owners of The Paramount in Huntington
See which New York businesses have been approved for the SVOG program here