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West Michigan music venue’s ‘only hope’ rests on federal aid money which has been slow to arrive

SPRING LAKE, MI — Michelle Hanks is at the end of her rope waiting on federal funding to assist her Spring Lake live music venue.

Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St., has no revenue, no employees and cannot afford to start booking artists without a slice of the $16.2 billion earmarked for live venues, theaters and museums to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) was created in December to buoy industries hardest hit by the pandemic, but months later, Hanks is left frustrated as relief trickles out through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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