‘Hang on just a little bit longer’: Venue owners waiting for federal grants to trickle down to save their businesses
SAN ANTONIO – Blayne Tucker, co-owner of The Mix, says the spirit of the Save Our Stages Act he helped draft, which then led to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, will help many business owners in need. “The bill and the law was written and intended to benefit independent music venue operators. The U.S. Small Business Administration is set to begin taking in applications in February to distribute $15 billion in federal grants to bring relief to suffering business owners. AdBlayne’s next project is to ensure venue owners across Texas get informed about the grant and take advantage of it. He urges those with questions to join the National Independent Venue Association or the Texas Music Office.
USAA awards SAISD $325K to help bridge digital divide within online learning model
SAN ANTONIO USAA awarded the San Antonio ISD Foundation with a $325,000 grant in order to help bridge the digital divide. The SAISD Foundation and SAISD, along with several local companies, including USAA, are making technology hotspots available to all students this fall so that they can continue to learn virtually. A spokeswoman for the foundation said roughly 60% of SAISD students did not have access to internet hotspots. The foundation and USAA are raising money for students who need that technological support. San Antonio District 5s per capita income is less than $14,000, and 54.6% of homes have broadband access needed to connect students with their online classrooms.