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Webinar: 2021 COVID-19 Relief for Arts Organizations

Dive into the current landscape of federal economic relief opportunities with Arts Midwest and speakers from CliftonLarsonAllen LLP and the NIVA (National Independent Venues Association).

Webinar: 2021 COVID-19 Relief for Arts Organizations

Friday, February 12th from 11am – Noon CDT

Arts Midwest and CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA) present an informational webinar demystifying the current landscape of federal COVID-19 relief support for arts and culture organizations of all sizes. Hear from Karen Gries and Larry D. Adams from CLA and Jim Brunberg from the National Independent Venues Association about what we know now about current relief opportunities, and get your key questions answered.

You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how to prepare for economic relief opportunities including the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and the Employee Retention Credit, and the steps you can take now to set yourself up with success. After the webinar, we’ll send all attendees a toolkit of resources to dig in deeper.


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Closed captioning will be available for this webinar. A recording of the webinar will be posted within 48 hours.


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Questions for our panel will be accepted in advance. Please fill out this form to let us know what you’d most like us to focus on during this webinar, and submit questions for our Q&A.


Meet the Panel

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Torrie Allen (Moderator)

President & CEO of Arts Midwest

Torrie Allen has more than 30 years of wide-ranging experience in national, regional, and local arts leadership including executive and artistic management, fundraising, marketing, policy, adjudication, grantmaking, and international performance. In 2019, he succeeded David Fraher as the new president and CEO of Arts Midwest. From 2016 to 2019, he presided over all philanthropic activity at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He was chief officer of development and marketing at Alaska Public Media from 2012 to 2016 and executive and artistic director of Anchorage Opera from 2006 to 2012. Prior to joining Anchorage Opera, he was the director of the National Patrons Council at Americans for the Arts. He currently serves on the board of the National Independent Venues Association.

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Karen Gries

Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Karen provides tax compliance and consulting services to exempt organizations. Her public accounting career includes providing services to a variety of tax-exempt organizations, including governmental entities, charities, foundations, arts and culture, and others. She has also been active in assisting organizations with the navigation of various COVID economic relief opportunities. Karen is a frequent speaker on a variety of tax and other matters including COVID relief.

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Larry D. Adams

Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Larry has 30 years of experience working with and managing audits of nonprofit entities, focusing on institutions of higher education as well as arts and culture organizations. Larry provides audit, tax, and financial consulting services to nonprofit organizations. He has been involved in several nonprofit boards and has spoken at a number of seminars on a variety of financial and accounting topics, among them emerging issues, healthcare reform, internal controls, and fraud.

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Jim Brunberg

Co-Chair, National Independent Venue Association Implementation Task Force

Jim Brunberg is a composer and musician who owns venues in Portland Oregon (Mississippi Studios and Revolution Hall). He has been active in National Independent Venue Association advocacy and is co-chair of the NIVA Implementation Task Force.