League’s Heather Noonan outlines federal COVID-relief package as it relates to orchestras and musicians

Posted on: March 3, 2021

“Even as Congress and the White House rapidly undertake work on the next COVID-19 federal relief package, provisions signed into law at the end of 2020 are still being unpacked as the fine print on implementation emerges,” writes Heather Noonan, vice president for advocacy at the League of American Orchestras, in the March issue of Senza Sordino, the publication of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians. “The Consolidated Appropriations Act was enacted on December 27, 2020 and makes more than $900 billion in new COVID-19 resources available. Federal agencies are responsible for interpreting and implementing key relief provisions, and full guidance is still emerging. The League of American Orchestras has been tracking developments and is posting updated information and direct links to federal guidance in its full 2021 COVID-19 Relief Summary.” In the article, Noonan explains relevant sections of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, the amounts of funding and support available, and their implications for orchestras and musicians, including the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (aka Save Our Stages); Paycheck Protection Program; Employee Retention Tax Credits; Paid Sick and Family Leave; and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation.