Coronavirus Resources for the Texas Music Industry
The Texas Music Office staff, industry stakeholders and community partners continue to work together to provide direct assistance and resource referrals to the Texas creative industries. We are also focused on recovery and the next steps to position our industries for future success. For additional news and resources, visit the State's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Response page.
Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is providing approximately $294 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of October as the state continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Texas Rent Relief Program can assist renters with paying rent and utility bills stretching as far back as March 13, 2020. This means applicants could potentially request assistance for up to 11 months of past due bills. Both landlords and tenants can apply for the Texas Rent Relief Program online or via phone at 1-833-9TX-RENT (1-833-989-7368).
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Closes on May 31, 2021. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. Borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness. President Biden announced PPP program changes to make access to PPP loans more equitable.
The Supplemental Targeted Advance provides the smallest and hardest hit eligible businesses with a supplemental payment of $5,000 that does not have to be repaid. Even if you have previously received the original EIDL Advance in the full amount of $10,000, you may be eligible for the Supplemental Targeted Advance if you meet eligibility criteria. The combined amount of the Supplemental Targeted Advance ($5,000) with any previously received EIDL Advance or Targeted EIDL Advance ($10,000) will not exceed $15,000.