84 Orange County Arts and Entertainment Orgs, Promoters Get $78 Million in Grants

Eighty-four Orange County arts and entertainment organizations, venues and promoters have been awarded nearly $78 million in grants through the federal Shuttered Venue Operator Grants (SVOG) program, which opened in April. Results were released late last month and early this month.

The $16.25 billion program is being run by the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide assistance to independent venues, movie theaters, promoters and nonprofit arts organizations that have been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic over the past year and a half.  

The big winners in Orange County are: the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which is receiving $10 million; the OC Fair, which is getting $4.89 million; Transparent Productions, which produces Christian music concerts and is based in Costa Mesa, getting $4.49 million; the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, which is receiving $4.25 million; and a business called FKOA Presents, based in Huntington Beach, which is getting $3.84 million. “FKOA” stands for “Fat Kid of America” and presents concerts such as Block Party Orange County with Ice Cube and the popular ‘80s Weekends at the Microsoft Theater in downtown L.A., according to its website.

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