Kate Shindle, president of Actors’ Equity Association in New York City, also praised the bill.
“Theaters large and small are an economic engine in so many cities and towns across the country, including Sarasota,” she said. “A strong theater scene means a strong arts community, and that in turn means a strong local economy. Rep. Buchanan isn’t just fighting for tax fairness for performing artists, but for a stronger economy that works for everyone. We are grateful for his leadership.”
A 2017 survey by Americans for the Arts estimated that nonprofit arts and culture generates $295 million each year in total economic activity for Sarasota County. This supports 7,400 full-time jobs, generates $220 million in household income, and delivers $32 million in state and local taxes. Among the major local arts groups, where performers incur such expenses, are the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Orchestra, Florida Studio Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Sarasota Ballet. READ MORE