State awards nearly $200K to Kalamazoo theaters

The program aims to support live venues harmed during the pandemic.

Theaters in Kalamazoo have been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. Absent the ability to host live entertainment, venues have struggled to find alternative methods to generate income.

The Michigan Stages Survival Grant Program was formulated to alleviate some of that hardship, and five venues in the area have drawn down nearly $200,000 to help keep them afloat.

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The recipients received funding up to a maximum of $40,000. All they had to do was have fewer than 30 employees and show that a large portion of their income once came from live entertainment.

The recipients are as follows:

  • Mardi Gras Enterprises, owner of the State Theatre, received $40,000
  • Aloha Enterprises, which is affiliated with Shakespeare’s Pub, received $40,000
  • Farmers Alley Theatre, a non-profit theater in downtown Kalamazoo, received $39,000
  • Piano Bar, formerly Monaco Bay, received $39,000
  • Bach Festival Society of Kalamazoo received $38,229

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