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Mon Mar 23 17:24:11 EDT 2020


Negotiations are ongoing in the Senate on what is being called "Phase
Three" of the COVID-19 response relief package. As you unfortunately know,
the coronavirus has already had a devastating economic impact on America's
nonprofit arts sector—financial losses to date are estimated to be *$3.6

The U.S. Senate legislation under consideration today has several items
we've been asking for—your advocacy has been working! For example, there is
some funding for the NEA, but it's not enough. Self-employed artists,
creative workers, and nonprofits appear to be included in the Paycheck
Protection and Small Business Administration disaster loan provisions, but
we need to ensure they are included in the final bill version. *More
advocacy is needed*.

In order to support the sector at this vital time, *request that your
members of Congress <https://www.artsactionfund.org/action-center> include
the following in the current legislative package currently being

   - Support *$4 billion *in COVID-19 relief funding to be administered by
   the *National Endowment for the Arts, *with additional funding for
the* National
   Endowment for the Humanities*, and the *Institute of Museum and Library
   Services*—House Arts Caucus Co-Chair *Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME)* and
   House STEAM Caucus Co-Chair *Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)* led a letter
   to House Leadership with this ask, Senate Cultural Caucus Co-Chair *Sen.
   Tom Udall (D-NM)* did the same in the Senate. Waive matching
   requirements and general operating support reprogramming for FY2020
   grantees, as well as for COVID-19-specific grantmaking;
   - *Encourage charitable giving* by increasing the allowable amount of
   the proposed $300 above-the-line tax deduction available to taxpayers that
   do not itemize their returns, and removing AGI limits on allowed deductions
   for charitable giving;
   - Ensure that proposed *forgivable SBA disaster relief loans support all
   arts and culture workers* by: specifying that access to forgivable loans
   is available for self-employed workers, increasing the employer eligibility
   threshold by applying the 500 employee cap to fulltime employees, and
   eliminating the employer size cap for nonprofit organizations;
   - Support pandemic *unemployment benefits for workers ineligible for
   state unemployment benefits*, which will provide essential support for
   self-employed workers in the arts and culture sector; and
   - Ensure arts eligibility for additional forms of disaster relief, such
   as *Community Development Block Grants*, education and lifelong learning
   programs, and health and wellness initiatives.

*In a national survey by Americans for the Arts
<https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/wUbldD4IEM9WVHF0CmbU5A>*, 91% of
responding arts organizations indicated that they have cancelled one or
more events. Many arts organizations have closed their doors for months to
come. These estimates are based on more than 5,000 respondents to an
Americans for the Arts nationwide COVID-19 impact survey, and then further
extrapolation of those data nationally using IRS data about nonprofit arts
and cultural organizations. *The most recent figures show economic losses
of $3.6 billion to date, up from $3.2 billion last week*. The survey is
ongoing, and these figures will be updated regularly. Given that losses
documented in the survey have occurred only in the last two months,
Americans for the Arts anticipates additional billions in potential revenue
losses for the nonprofit arts and culture field.

*Join us in calling on Congress NOW
<https://www.artsactionfund.org/action-center> *to include the
aforementioned items in the final package for COVID-19 relief.


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