Americans for the Arts
Urge Support for the Arts During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Current Status:
With the CARES Act running out of funding (for a second time), Congress has begun consideration of another relief package that is expected to be debated through June. 

On May 15th, the House approved the "HEROES Act" - a Democratic-led $3 trillion bill that would provide additional, and new, funding across the federal government, including, limited support for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. 

Americans for the Arts, and 70 other national arts organizations, have signed a (2nd) 
joint statement outlining the a set of policy asks that we are taking to every member of Congress.

Current Ask:
The joint statement linked above includes two dozen policy items that we're seeking. Those policy requests are embedded in the messages (to the right) that you can send to your congressional delegation. They are customized for your House and Senate members.


Background:
On March 27, 2020, President Trump
signed into law the CARES Act. The CARES Act included $300 million in economic relief to support nonprofit cultural organizations, museums, libraries, public broadcasting, and state and local arts and humanities agencies, as well as substantial additional economic relief opportunities for independent contractors like "gig economy" workers such as actors, musicians, artists, and nonprofit organizations and small businesses, including those working in the creative economy. This was a good first step, but the arts sector faces economic losses to date of $4.5 billion (and growing).  

As of May 26, 2020, the coronavirus has had a devastating economic impact on America’s nonprofit arts sector—financial losses to date are estimated to be $4.98 billion, to date. They have also lost 210 million admissions due to cancelled events, resulting in a $6.6 billion loss in event-related spending by audiences (restaurants, lodging, retail). The economic impact is $1.9 billion in lost government revenue and 328,000 jobs no longer being supported.
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