Nonprofit will help independents find partners, raise funds The National Independent Venue Association announced Tuesday the formation of the National Independent Venue Foundation, a nonprofit organization to help independent venues and promoters around the country find partners and raise funds. Hal Real, founder and president of World Café Live in Philadelphia and secretary of NIVA, will lead the organization as its president. “The National Independent Venue Foundation is built on the same guiding principles as the National Independent Venue Association. While NIVA remains the advocacy, sponsorship, and membership trade organization branch of the cause, The Foundation has been created to focus on separate, supplemental initiatives, such as the Emergency Relief Fund,” Real said in a statement. “The Foundation hopes to learn from existing best practices and training programs undertaken by NIVA’s members and expand upon them to provide education and community programming, employee training and support, and economic development initiatives […]
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