The whole idea behind The Shuttered Venue Operations Grant in 2021 was to keep movie theaters, museums and talent agencies afloat during COVID. But some of the biggest names in music got millions despite their touring companies not really being in danger of going under. Chris Brown’s company got $10 million, as did Post Malone’s, while Steve Aoki got $9.9 million and Lil Wayne got $8.9 million. Slipknot got $9.7 million, Smashing Pumpkins got $8.6 million, and Nickelback got $2 million.
According to the Insider, there wasn’t any oversight and only a few rules attached to the program which made it hard to find out how it was spent.