Pending necessary approvals on Beacon Hill, the Commonwealth stands poised to make a $69.3M investment of new public funds into the cultural sector through Mass Cultural Council.
The following testimony was submitted to the House and Senate Committees on Ways & Means today.
We're collecting COVID-19 economic impact data through Oct. 30 to directly inform continued advocacy efforts on behalf of the cultural sector for public relief and mitigation assistance.
This figure equals the line item appropriation the Governor proposed in his original H2 budget bill in January – prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Media sponsorships are part of our long-term effort to leverage our unique position as Massachusetts’ largest public investor in arts and culture to raise the visibility and impact of our sector.
Because the MA House and Senate each endorsed its own version of the bill, a Conference Committee was appointed to reconcile the two bills and develop a final conference report.
For the next three months our grant programs will continue to be on hold pending a final FY21 state budget.
MA cultural nonprofits report $425M in lost revenue with 17K jobs impacted and $441.8M in total recovery costs.
Read the testimony delivered on July 15, 2020 to the Massachusetts Senate
It has been my greatest honor to have worked alongside all of you for the past 13 years.
The following testimony was submitted to the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development on behalf of H. 4755 – An Act establishing a COVID-19 nonprofit cultural organizations emergency fund.
Let’s take action to dismantle systemic racism and the legacy of white privilege.
We're gathering data from cultural organizations across the Commonwealth so that we can better communicate the necessary financial, human, intellectual, and social capital needed to fully recover from the coronavirus crisis.
A full timeline for the FY21 budget process is not yet available. It is unclear what processes the House and Senate will use to convene in formal sessions to safely have this important debate.
The arts and culture are essential to our health and our economy. This was the consensus at the conclusion of an online Town Hall Forum with Congressman Jim McGovern, presented by Mass Cultural Council and the Worcester Cultural Coalition.
Nearly 700 organizations responding to Mass Cultural Council surveys report more than $264,000,000 in lost revenue since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Mass Cultural Council is issuing a second survey to collect data on the economic impact of COVID-19 on cultural organizations. Please respond to this survey by April 14, 2020.
Our governing Council has approved two COVID-19 relief efforts to help individuals and cultural organizations address economic impacts associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
The first-ever virtual hearing by the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development was pulled together in a matter of days, attracted more than 220 members of the public and told the stories behind the numbers of revenue loss, layoffs and hardship affecting the cultural sector in Massachusetts.
We're launching a special new series on Zoom called "Culture Chats," where we highlight the power of culture through resilience, adaptation, agility, and innovation.