Shuttered Venue Operators Grants portal on hold as SBA resolves technical problems

Posted on: April 9, 2021

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is continuing to revise guidance for the application process to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, which opened on Thursday, April 8, and then closed amid technical problems. This $16 billion program provides emergency assistance for eligible venues—including orchestras—affected by COVID-19. SBA and its resource centers provide definitive guidance on the application requirements and grant administration details. The SBA continues to modify key guidance, including the Frequently Asked Questions and SVOG Application User Guide.

Key tips:
• Once an organization begins the online application process, the SBA advises it “should make sure to save the application frequently, [and] have the SVOG dedicated website,, at the ready to refer to.”
• Local SBA resource partners can provide assistance with the application process. Find local SBA resource partners at

The League of American Orchestras will continue to provide updates. The League overview of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program includes further links to SBA resources. More information on the full array of federal relief options is available in the League’s Federal COVID-19 Relief Resource Center.