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Brown County Music Center Receives Nearly Half Of County's CARES Act Allocation

Brown County Music Center interior render

The center has been hosting COVID-19 testing and local court hearings instead of large events. (Brown County Music Center)

The Brown County Music Center is receiving $239,000 in CARES Act funds after Brown County Council approval Tuesday night.

The move comes after multiple promises from public officials that tax payer funds would not be used for the venue.

Opened in late 2019, the venue was already turning a profit and hosted several shows. However, the coronavirus — which has halted shows at the 2,000-seat venue since March, left officials little choice.

The county is transferring nearly half of the federal government’s award to the center for services it provided for COVID-19 testing and various departmental trainings.

Brown County Music Center Executive Director Christian Webb says it costs $10,000 per day to execute those services and its cutting the town a break.

Most events have been rescheduled, but experts don’t expect them to begin until at least this fall.

Last April, the county issued a temporary loan to the center which helped cover loan interest payments.

Currently, the center is not making principal payments, only loan payments, after making an agreement with the bank and is slated to turn a profit in 2021.

Some residents voiced concerns that the allocation would limit the county’s ability to respond to other unexpected expenses related to the coronavirus.

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