On December 27th, President Trump signed H.R. 133 (Save Our Stages) into law, which provides billions of dollars of relief to arts venues, organizations, museums, and cinemas.
There is significant relief for the arts contained in the bill including an extension of Federal Pandemic Unemployment programs (with an additional $300 to all weekly benefits), $284 billion for forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans (allowing many apply for a second loan), and $15 billion in relief grants for entities and individuals operating live performance venues, performing arts organizations, museums, independent movie theaters, and talent agencies plus an increase of $5.2 million each in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities ($167.5 million each in FY2021).
Hear what Arts NC Executive Director Nate McGaha has to say about the Save our Stages grants, PPP funding, and more on this live chat.
This March, Arts North Carolina will host its annual Arts Day, wherein artists and organizations will have the opportunity to talk to lawmakers about the importance of arts funding.
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In May 2020, McGaha spoke with RDU on Stage about what the pandemic could mean for our arts organizations. Hear that live chat here.