Dear Friends & Colleagues,
Please read and take action.
Our cultural community needs the assistance and attention of us all.
Voza Rivers / Jamal Joseph
ACTION BY CONGRESS ON COVID-19 STIMULUS PACKAGE EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND!
Please contact your Members of Congress immediately
Congress is working quickly to decide the contents of a massive COVID-19 relief bill. Theatres and theatre artists across the country need to speak up. And if you are among the very many advocates who have weighed in already, we thank you and .
The Coronavirus has already had a devastating economic impact on America's nonprofit arts sector-some reports indicate that financial losses to date are estimated to be $3.2 billion. Theatres and other arts organizations have responded to calls from health and elected officials and have canceled performances across the country. Freelance artists have seen the overnight suspension of their livelihood.
In order to support the sector at this vital time, please contact your Members of Congress immediately to request that they include $4 billion-to be distributed though the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)-to help offset the losses of the nonprofit arts industry, and expand eligibility through additional federal programs to ensure artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in the creative economy can utilize Business interruption relief.
We are urging our friends and colleagues to ask their federal elected officials for the following:
- Support $4 billion of dedicated COVID-19 relief funding, administered by the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Support enhanced incentives for charitable deductions, including an above the line tax deduction available to all taxpayers, whether they itemize returns or not.
- Activate nationwide Disaster Unemployment Assistance for workers, including self-employed individuals and independent contractors who are sick, quarantined, furloughed, laid off, or whose individual or family circumstances have changed as a result of COVID-19 or government containment efforts. Many freelance theatre artists will not otherwise have access to state unemployment benefits.
- Streamline the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance program and provide loan forgiveness options.
**Separate from sending a written message please sign the
Congressional Dear Colleague letter to Support Arts and Culture in Coronavirus Legislation.
-to be distributed through the National Endowment for the Arts-to help offset losses in the nonprofit arts industry and expand eligibility through additional federal programs to ensure artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in the creative economy can utilize business interruption relief.