Advocacy Update: July 29, 2020

By Leah Ball posted 13 days ago


EdTA Advocacy Update
July 29, 2020

The Advocacy Update is where you can find current national and state news concerning arts advocacy and arts education.


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Arizona: Federal CARES Act Funds provide relief to Arizona arts organizations (West Valley View)

Phoenix, Tucson And Flagstaff Groups Get National Arts Grants (KJZZ Phoenix)

Arkansas: Arts Council awards 103 grants to nonprofit art groups (Talk Business & Politics)

California: New Relief Program Funded by the California Arts Council Offers Unrestricted $1,000 Grants for Individuals in California Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic (Sierra Sun Times)

California Unemployment: 230,000 In Arts, Entertainment Have Filed Claims (Deadline)

Georgia: Georgia Council for the Arts issues emergency funding to arts groups (AJC)

Indiana: Arts Commission approves $2.8 million in grants to community-based arts providers (HoosierTimes)

Arts Midwest Awards $38,900 In Touring Fund Grants To Indiana Organizations (WBIW)

Massachusetts: Pandemic Carves Hole In State’s Cultural Sector (WBUR)

Maine: Maine music venues, theaters relying on federal relief to reopen (

Maine is gradually reopening, but there's no start date in sight for arts and music venues (Bangor Daily News)

Minnesota: Arts board announces simplified grant program for MN artists struggling in COVID-19 economy (MPR News)

New York: Over 15,000 Workers Have Been Laid Off or Furloughed From 810 NYC Cultural Organizations (Hyperallergic)

Ohio: Performing arts left out of Ohio's coronavirus reopening plan (The Columbus Dispatch)

Oklahoma: Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Mid-America Arts Alliance awards CARES Grants to Oklahoma organizations (The Oklahoman)

Oregon: Legislature approves relief package for Oregon cultural organizations (East Orgonian)

Pennsylvania: Arts organizations receive $111K in grants (Daily American)

South Carolina: The Art of Community: Rural SC continues to build arts connections across the state (Charleston City Paper)

South Dakota: SD Arts Council Grants $1.26 Million To Entities (Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan)

Tennessee: TN Arts Commission Awards Over $5.2 Million in CARES Act, State and Federal Funding (WGNS)

Wyoming: Wyoming artists receive $72,500 in COVID-19 support (Rocket Miner)



A First Look at America’s Arts Industries Success in Accessing PPP Loans - An analysis by Americans for the Arts reveals how the arts and creative economy sector performed in securing PPP loans. (Americans for the Arts)

National Independent Venue Association Applauds 'Save Our Stages' Bi-Partisan Relief Bill - The bi-partisan Save Our Stages Act introduced by Senator John Cornyn and Senator Amy Klobuchar would provide Small Business Administration grants for independent live music venue operators affected by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. (Broadway World Cabaret)

Adam Schiff and Judy Chu Introduce 'Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act' - Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Judy Chu introduced the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act to ensure that workers who earn a mix of traditional and independent employment income are able to fully access the unemployment assistance provided in the CARES Act. (Broadway World)



Chairman's Corner: July 16, 2020 - On this short podcast, Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, discusses the impact of the arts on young people’s health and healing. (National Endowment for the Arts)

The post-coronavirus curriculum must include arts education - An opinion piece by Beth Curtis, drama and performing arts lecturer at Exeter College in the U.K. (tes)

Industry Calls on Congress for Aid as Pandemic Shutdowns Persist - Entertainment unions and trade organizations are lobbying for congressional relief funding COVID-19 shutdowns continue. (Backstage)