- CHICAGO - Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL) and National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) members met with Congressman Mike Quiqley and SBA Administrator Isabella Guzman this morning.

We are pleased that emergency relief funds have begun flowing to independent music venues and performance halls. More than a half a year after the bipartisan Save Our Stages Act was signed into law, it is crucial that those funds flow more quickly to those in need, many of whom are on cusp of shuttering forever. 

Chicago, and all of America, is at risk of forever losing irreplaceable cultural institutions and massive economic drivers. The SBA is, for many, the final lifeline.

About CIVL | Chicago Independent Venue League

Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL) advocates on behalf of Chicago’s independently owned and operated concert venues and music halls. Founded in 2018, CIVL works to ensure the long-term viability of its member venues so they may continue to provide event-goers with enjoyable live music experiences.

Chicago’s reputation as a world renowned live music hub is largely due to independently owned and operated music venues’ legacies of nurturing homegrown talent. Performers from every genre are afforded opportunities to earn national recognition. More than 50 CIVL member venues proudly represent Chicago’s culture and musical style.

CIVL is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization. Visit for more information or to contribute.


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