Tim Sullivan is CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
He talked about the creation of the New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program — a $17.5 million fund that will give grants of up to $300,000 to qualifying for-profit arts venues.
“From Count Basie and Springsteen to Sinatra and Queen Latifah, New Jersey has a long and rich history of supporting performing artists and the venues where they connect with their fans. The COVID-19 pandemic hit performing arts businesses particularly hard, and, now that we are able to begin safely reopening, it is critical that we help them get back on their feet. The New Jersey Community Stage Relief Grant Program, along with the New Jersey Council on the Arts program for nonprofit establishments, will provide much-needed funding to help performing arts venues recover from the impact of COVID-19 and get back to hosting the shows that help make New Jersey such a vibrant, exciting place to live.”