County officials announce ‘The Show Must Go On in Monmouth’

Monmouth County officials have announced the start of “The Show Must Go On in Monmouth,” a new initiative that has been created to support the arts.

“Throughout this (coronavirus) pandemic, the county has done everything in our power to support our small businesses, including advocating for them to the state and creating the Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant Program,” Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “Now we want to do everything we can for our performing arts venues in Monmouth County.”

Through “The Show Must Go On in Monmouth” initiative, the operators of performing arts venues in Monmouth County are going to be able to submit for reimbursement related to expenses they have, or will incur, in order to safely open their doors again to patrons, according to a press release from the county.

Some examples of expenses eligible for reimbursement include masks; plexiglass; gloves;
sanitizer; touchless ticket scanners; temperature screening devices; signs; contactless credit card machines and time clocks; air purifiers; and disinfecting foggers.

“The county will be reaching out directly to every performing arts venue to coordinate their submissions,” Arnone said.

During an Oct. 22 press conference, Arnone also gave an update about the Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant Program.

“We have now approved more than 2,000 applications and dispersed more than $17 million,” he said. “We still have nearly $3 million available, so we are urging small business owners to submit an application. The application is relatively simple and all you need is your tax return to get started.”

Small business owners can go to or call 732-375-2196, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for additional information.