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Minnesota music venues amp up #SaveMNstages bill for state pandemic relief

The Story

While they wait for promised relief from the U.S. Congress, music venues and concert promoters across Minnesota are seeking financial assistance from the state Legislature. An all-Minnesota offshoot of the National Independent Venue Association — nicknamed MNIVA — banded together recently to push for a relief bill that has been introduced in both the state Senate and House. Dubbed the #SaveMNStages bill, the legislation calls for grants to Minnesota-owned venues and concert companies, various licensing refunds and temporary relief from property, sales and income taxes. Modeled on recent Wisconsin legislation that offers $15 million in relief, it’s expected to be a part of budget talks in April or May.