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Senate Increases $$$ to the Creative Community

Late at night on Thursday, May 23, the Massachusetts Senate passed its budget plan and took a stand for the arts, humanities, and sciences. Within its budget, the Senate voted to fund Mass Cultural Council grants and services at $18 million in FY20.

The MASSCreative team is deeply encouraged that the FY2020 budgets proposed by both the House and Senate recommend increases for the Mass Cultural Council budget, with $500,000 proposed by the House and $2 million by the Senate. This is the first time in recent memory that both branches of the legislature have recommended increases in public investment in art, culture, and creativity

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