The agreement begins retroactively on August 1, 2021 and expires on July 28, 2024.
Key provisions of the agreement include: Improved HVAC standards, weekly testing for employees and more.
The bill would update the bipartisan Qualified Performing Artist (QPA) deduction, which was originally signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.
Hackney first joined Equity in 2008 as a business representative. She also has a theatre background as an actor and director.
“We commend the leadership of Asm. Lorena Gonzalez in fighting for $50 million in additional funding for small live arts employers to be able to reopen safely."
“This new protocol is based on the science and lessons from the field from professional union HVAC technicians during the pandemic,” said NEMI's David Bernett.
“We are so grateful that the House appropriations committee recognizes President Biden’s vision for a robust return to the arts industry,” said Kate Shindle.
Arts & Science Covid Safety Classes are endorsed by USITT, SETC, & BSMS
Equity is currently urging an extension of federal pandemic unemployment insurance past its proposed September expiration date.
Brandon Lorenz stated "...the arts especially are in a pandemic economy that will not be fully recovered by September.”
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