Business View Civil and Municipal | Volume 2, Issue 12

9 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 2, ISSUE 11 CITY OF SEATTLE, WA LAUNCHES SHOP TO THE BEAT PROGRAM TO SUPPORT SMALL RETAIL BUSINESSES AND LOCAL MUSICIANS O ffice of Economic Development invests in new economic recovery program to activate commercial corridors and support creative economy workers. The Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) is announcing a new recovery program financed by the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFR), that will support small retail businesses, local musicians and commercial corridors throughout the city. Shop to the Beat will match local musicians with small retail businesses to provide in-store OPENING L INES performances during peak business hours, help increase foot traffic and sales for retailers, and provide competitive pay for musicians who lost significant income due to the impacts of COVID-19. OED is partnering with Gigs4U — a local organization that curates artists and produces live music performances in traditional and non-traditional settings including SeaTac airport, corporate venues and events, virtual events, and more — to match interested musicians and small retail businesses. “The COVID-19 pandemic was devastating for so