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Music Grant to Bring Outdoor Entertainment to Downtown Geneva This Summer

Submitted by the city of Geneva. 

Downtown Geneva will come alive this year with a host of entertainment acts thanks to the City’s outdoor music grant program.

Outdoor Music Geneva (OMG) grant funding has been approved to help downtown businesses bring in singers, musicians, mimes, jugglers and magicians to entertain shoppers when festivals are not taking place. The City has dedicated $5,000 from its 2014-15 hotel/motel funding to be used for grants to enhance visitors’ experience when shopping in downtown Geneva.

“Businesses enjoy the program and are eager to partner with the City again this year to bring entertainment to downtown Geneva,” said Paul Evans, the City’s Business Development Specialist.

Last year, 29 grants were awarded to various businesses. The City’s maximum contribution will be $500 per event, which will be matched by the sponsoring business. Due to increasing popularity, the City has instituted a $1,000 business maximum for merchants applying for multiple event grants.

Businesses are encouraged to submit their requests early. The entertainment should take place outdoors, be free to the public and can be held on either public or private property. A packet detailing eligible expenses, program guidelines and application forms are being mailed out to past OMG program participants. Applications also can be found online on the City’s website (see link below).

Priority will be given to grant applications that generate large crowds, reach a broad cross-section of people or encourage visitors to patronize Geneva’s businesses, restaurants, hotels and attractions. Applications that meet the program guidelines will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

mcf May 16, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Newsflash MARTHA HANNA, Everything Goes Over Budget. Yes, I Would Like To See A Music Venue At Settlers Hill! Stop Sounding OLD! and Have Some Fun! See You At A Concert:)
Martha Hanna May 16, 2014 at 01:15 PM
I will go to the Cougars Stadium and see American English or to the new venue in Aurora. We do not need a music venue at Settler Hill, and we do not have to go over budget, less is more. I would like the county to get in on, and tax a marijuana cultivation center, does that sound like an old idea to you mcf??
mcf May 16, 2014 at 04:00 PM
Who Goes To The Cougars Stadium Anymore? And To See American English?? Who The Hell Are They?? LOLOL You Are Old. Relax, And Enjoy Your Week-end. WOW.
Augi Fesi May 16, 2014 at 04:49 PM
Cougars are still a full house and those "OLD" people would be the paying customers not looking for another free hand out.
frank p May 19, 2014 at 11:42 AM
no, mcf is correct here. Nobody, not even people with jobs not looking for handouts (not sure what that has to do with this Augi) wants to see another Beatles cover band. We get it, they were good, now they are mostly dead or at least not touring as the Beqatles, get over it. But i do agree that until they can get an actual band to play the Cougars stadium I'm not sure why another facility is needed.

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