Advocates for the creative economy — from the head of a performing arts center to a venue owner, an actor and an Actors’ Equity exec — lobbied Congress today to shore up the industry before it’s too late amid an ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
A new survey of arts agencies across the country finds their grant-making practices directly contribute to a lack of diversity on stages.
Just 9.4 percent of the 4,500 state and local agencies that fund performing arts projects require that institutions carrying out funded performances must pay their actors a living wage, a report by the Actors' Equity Association found.
The report offers recommendations for changes arts agencies can make to improve inclusion.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and fellow Democrats responded to strong lobbying from small nonprofit theaters to support their reopening.
“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."
“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.
President Biden celebrated the role of the arts and artists in American society on Friday, using the Kennedy Center Honors as a moment to reflect on the arts’ powerful contributions, which he said were especially evident this year.
Shindle joined MSNBC's Morning Joe today to discuss The American Rescue Plan Act and more.
Actors’ Equity has condemned President Donald Trump’s “outrageous” proposal to freeze $110 million in the 2021 budget for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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