New Hampshire entertainment venue operators dread audience fear of returning

by Liisa Rajala

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen met Monday with representatives of New Hampshire’s entertainment venues to learn how another federal relief package could be of assistance. But it quickly became apparent that money alone was not going to save New Hampshire’s arts and culture scene.

“I’m so grateful for the size of the NERF [NH Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund] we got because we can set that aside and pay our bills,” said Nicki Clarke, the Capitol Center for the Art’s executive director, referring to a slice of the $1.25 billion New Hampshire received in federal CARES Act funds. But, she added, unless people are willing to attend events, the business model is not going to work.

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