Mass Cultural Council seeks a state appropriation of $20 million for FY21, a $2 million increase from the current fiscal year. The Council will invest these resources into a portfolio of programs and services that enhance, support, and promote the cultural sector in every corner of the Commonwealth.
Data shows that a robust investment in the arts, humanities, and sciences through Mass Cultural Council delivers significant returns to the Commonwealth. Whether in Greater Boston, Cape Cod, the Berkshires or in between, nonprofit cultural organizations drive local economies in every region of the state. Further, the nonprofit organizations supported by Mass Cultural Council:
Generate $2.3 billion in annual economic activity.
Support more than 71,000 full-time-equivalent jobs statewide.
Produce more than $128 million in new revenues for Massachusetts.
Raised an additional $157 in private funds for every public dollar awarded.
Mass Cultural Council has also released a case statement on the benefits of arts and cultural funding to the state’s economy, communities, and the education of our young people – and what long-term reinvestment in Mass Cultural Council’s work can accomplish. We will be sharing these updated figures with the Massachusetts Legislature this budget season along with our FY21 budget request.
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.
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