NEPA Scene Staff

Recovery grants for Lackawanna and Luzerne County hospitality businesses open in March

Recovery grants for Lackawanna and Luzerne County hospitality businesses open in March

From press releases: Both Lackawanna and Luzerne counties will release millions of dollars in grants to help restaurants, hotels, and other businesses in the hospitality industry following an exceptionally difficult year. In February, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 1 of 2021 into law, which set aside $145 million to establish the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery […]

 Rich Howells

Live Nation still expects concerts to return by ‘midsummer’ of 2021

Live Nation still expects concerts to return by ‘midsummer’ of 2021

Last year, Live Nation predicted that big live concerts could return by the summer of 2021, and in its latest financial results, the company reiterated this optimistic belief. On Feb. 25, Live Nation Entertainment reported a 92 percent loss of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020 and an overall 84 percent loss for the […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Scranton Tomorrow’s #lovelocal small business campaign continues online and downtown

Scranton Tomorrow’s #lovelocal small business campaign continues online and downtown

From a press release: In support of the downtown Scranton business district, Scranton Tomorrow will continue its #lovelocal social media campaign through March. The campaign is designed to encourage everyone to support independently owned businesses this spring. Small businesses play a vital role in the economy, locally and regionally, with downtown Scranton serving as an […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA music venues still await federal relief funds from Save Our Stages legislation

NEPA music venues still await federal relief funds from Save Our Stages legislation

As part of the $900 billion pandemic relief package that Congress passed at the end of 2020, “$15 billion in dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions,” according to a Dec. 20 statement from Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. However, as February comes to a close, those businesses have […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Inaugural Scranton Ice Festival with live music, 02/05-06/21

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Inaugural Scranton Ice Festival with live music, 02/05-06/21

The ongoing pandemic has put a major strain on small businesses, and the cold and snowy weather hasn’t helped much lately. Last weekend, however, neither seemed to be a factor as downtown Scranton was bustling with activity thanks to the Scranton Ice Festival. This inaugural event came together quickly as the Scranton Area Community Foundation, […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Live event industry offers venues and workers to help with COVID-19 vaccine rollout in letter to President Biden

Live event industry offers venues and workers to help with COVID-19 vaccine rollout in letter to President Biden

From a press release: In a letter to President Joe Biden today, AEG, Bandit Lites, Broadway League, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, International Association of Venue Managers, Live Nation, the National Association of Music Merchants, the National Independent Talent Organization, the National Independent Venue Association (whose members include many Northeastern Pennsylvania venues and festivals), […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

First-ever Scranton Ice Festival debuts downtown on Feb. 5-7

First-ever Scranton Ice Festival debuts downtown on Feb. 5-7

From a press release: In the hopes of bringing visitors to downtown Scranton to support small businesses during a difficult year and historically slow retail month, a planning committee has formed to host the inaugural Scranton Ice Festival, led by a small grassroots group of community-minded volunteers in partnership with First Friday Scranton, Scranton Tomorrow, […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

NEPA Penn State campuses host free virtual programs on entertainment, business, and more from Jan. 25-April 26

NEPA Penn State campuses host free virtual programs on entertainment, business, and more from Jan. 25-April 26

From a press release: Penn State University’s northeast region campuses will host a spring virtual program series featuring topics ranging from movie promotion and the entertainment industry to chocolate and family business, NASA, forensics, bingo, children’s books, current weather, and nature. These free programs are open to the public and will be held in the […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: State Street Grill in Clarks Summit discusses COVID-19 impact on bars and restaurants

VIDEO: State Street Grill in Clarks Summit discusses COVID-19 impact on bars and restaurants

Pennsylvania bars and restaurants have been able to reopen at 50 percent capacity this week, but some small businesses may never fully recover from the effects of COVID-19 and the shutdowns. Scranton video production company TwentyFiveEight Studios has been examining the true impact of the coronavirus pandemic on this industry and how mitigation was handled […]

 Rich Howells

Save Our Stages Act benefiting NEPA music venues included in COVID-19 relief bill

Save Our Stages Act benefiting NEPA music venues included in COVID-19 relief bill

After stalling for months, Democrats and Republicans in Congress finally agreed on a $900 billion pandemic relief package on Sunday that incorporates the Save Our Stages Act, setting aside “$15 billion in dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions,” according to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck […]

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