Through Safe Harbors, the Agency was able to help organizations understand and access federal assistance through the CARES Act, and provide broad and high-touch capacity building services.
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.
These grants were made possible by a donation from the GKV Foundation.
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.
With most spring and summer festivals postponed or cancelled, festival producers, artists, and community stakeholders are coming together to process how that will impact the livelihood of towns and cities, and to explore new and creative ways of engaging audiences.
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.
The GKV Foundation in New York City has generously donated $30,000 for Mass Cultural Council to award.
LCCs approved grants this year for nearly 7,000 community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Then COVID-19 hit.
$475K from the National Endowment for the Art's CARES Act allocation will be awarded to 74 CYD programs statewide.
We've awarded $1,000 grants to 272 individual artists and individual teaching artists, humanists, and scientists whose creative practices and incomes have been impacted by COVID-19.
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 know that the COVID-19 crisis has caused major disruptions for the careers of individuals who earn income through their work in the cultural sector. In response, we have launched a relief fund for individuals.
Mass Cultural Council is providing a three-pronged package of support for our cultural nonprofit organizations to not only understand and access assistance offered through new Federal Acts, but to also deliver broad and high-touch capacity building services to help organizations in understanding their current financial challenges and crafting a strategy forward.
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.
Physically distancing ourselves from one another does not necessarily mean losing social connections. Rather, it gives us all an opportunity to think creatively about what we can do and how we can connect in different ways.
In just under a week, 566 cultural nonprofits and 595 individual artists/independent teaching artists-humanists-scientists responded to our survey. The results are striking and demand attention.
Mass Cultural Council is prioritizing five action items to help the cultural sector manage financial disruption associated with coronavirus.