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Music venues still hanging on after announcement of latest COVID stimulus bill

Orange Peel joins national movement to save live music across America
The Orange Peel in downtown Asheville, North Carolina (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

After nearly a year of lost revenue, music venues are getting federal relief.

The "Save Our Stages Act" is part of the recently passed COVID-19 stimulus bill.

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The Orange Peel in Asheville has been among clubs across the country pushing for federal support.

Its marketing and events manager says right now they are paying rent on a venue that has been vacant for months.

"A lot of venues are really hanging on by a thread right now and they need some way to make it forward," manager Liz Tallent told News 13. "They’ve exhausted other opportunities to find money.”

The $15 billion funding package will help venues pay rent, utilities, payroll and other expenses.

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The application process has not been announced just yet.

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