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Nonprofit Resources for Voter Engagement As the election cycle accelerates, learn more about how your theatre can take action to support voter engagement! As 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, theatres are strictly prohibited from supporting the election or defeat of any candidate for office, but they can engage in non-partisan voter engagement activity that encourages all voters to register and participate in the election process . Nonprofits are also allowed to expend funds and take public positions on referenda, ballot initiatives, propositions, and tax levies, as long as they do not cross the line into party or candidate endorsement. Please see the ...
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Last night, I was thrilled to join #TheWholeWoman’s “Quaran-Tea ☕️ with Natalie McKenzie." The Whole Woman is a multicultural women’s wellness organization designed to inspire women. Check out our conversation below
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Me in training with Climate Reality As the Director of Conferences and Fieldwide Learning, I wanted to draw your attention to a learning opportunity: Climate Week NYC - which is underway as I write this. It kicked off with a bang yesterday when Walmart announced in the opening session that it is committing to going carbon-neutral by 2040. That's no small thing and a big signal about the direction of business commitments to tackling the climate crisis. Have you had that conversation at your organization? If not, a first step is to get educated. You don't have to be in the world of climate action to attend the events of Climate Week, and they won't ...
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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation! Each recipient receives an award of $275,000 "intended as an investment in and celebration of these artists and their ongoing contributions to the fields of contemporary dance, jazz and theater." We wanted to send special love to the theatre recipients, Michael John Garcés and Dael Orlandersmith. TCG's relationship with Michael goes back along way. He received both a TCG New Generations Grant and the  Alan Schneider Director Award. He also participated in our I AM THEATRTHEATRE campaign, with this moving memory of his work with Cornerstone Theatre: You can also read this ...
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These ways to support were originally shared as an email from Oregon Shakespeare Festival sent on September 12, 2020. WAYS TO SUPPORT THE RECOVERY EFFORT IN THE ROGUE VALLEY  The impact and losses from the ongoing Southern Oregon wildfires have been devastating. Many in the area, including OSF staff, have lost their homes and all belongings. Many more are displaced and will not be able to return home, possibly for weeks. OSF staff and resources are now focused on supporting all individuals, families, and businesses affected. Here are some ways you can help! Please consider donating, and share this information with ...
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Dear Colleague, On October 13, Berkeley Rep will launch a radio play adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s remarkably prescient and terrifying political drama IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE. We hope you will join Roundabout Theater, South Coast Rep, Center Theater Group, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Rep, and Arena Stage as Broadcast Partners in sharing this recording with your audience and community at no cost . Our intention in reviving this production in its new form is to use our theatrical tools and collective reach to get out the vote! We ask nothing of you other than to promote this event to your audience and to share news of your participation with your local ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :September 10, 2020 | CONTACT : Corinna Schulenburg, cschulenburg@tcg.org, 212-609-5941 New from TCG Books : Plays for The Public by Richard Foreman NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Plays for The Public by Richard Foreman .  “There’s an irresistible joy to reading these plays…examining them at leisure without the urgent propulsive forward movement of the theater, reveals beauties and resonances uniquely literary.” —Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater, from his foreword Plays for The Public includes:  The Gods Are Pounding ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 2, 2020 | CONTACT: Corinna Schulenburgcschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 New from TCG Books : The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp . The Sound Inside was commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater and had its world premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts in the summer of 2018. This production opened on Broadway at Studio 54 in October 2019. “The closest thing that the American theater currently has to a David Foster Wallace, Rapp can give ...
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White Theatre-makers Acting On BIPOC Demands Affinity Space White Theatre-makers Acting On Bipoc Demands is an affinity space for action, reflection,  and accountability. We connect regularly, on Zoom and on the TCG Circle, to support each other in responding to the demands presented by #WeSeeYouWAT and other BIPOC organizers. TCG staffers Teresa Eyring and Corinna Schulenburg will provide facilitation support. We’re holding this space with the following working assumptions: The organizers’ demands are valid and deserve our action. This is not a group to discuss the validity of the demands.  #WeSeeYouWAT is one of many BIPOC collectives ...
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Agenda 9.1.20 White Theatre-makers Acting On BIPOC Demands Affinity Space WHAT IS THIS? White Theatre-makers Acting On Bipoc Demands is an affinity space for action, reflection, and accountability. We connect regularly, on Zoom and on the TCG Circle, to support each other in responding to the demands presented by #WeSeeYouWAT and other BIPOC organizers. TCG staffers Teresa Eyring and Corinna Schulenburg will provide facilitation support. Agendas are posted publicly because our work is transparent, accessible, and accountable. AGENDA: 2:00-2:10: Welcome and land acknowledgement 2:10-2:20: Review of working assumptions and timeline ...
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Hello! Here is a list of resources and links that were shared during Too Legit To Quit, TCG’s 3rd Annual Theatres of Color Celebration. Many thanks to the 50+ artists who joined us and shared their work,  If you’d like to see your virtual program for the evening, please click here . Individually we know a little, together we know a lot. Have an additional resource that should be added to this list? Email smhaber@tcg.org. Art2Action Showcase   We were thrilled to have Andrea Assaf of Art2Action, and one of the members of Cohort 4 of TCG’s EDI Institute, curate this showcase of artists for the Celebration. Please see below ...
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SBA Issues New FAQ on PPP Loan Forgiveness On August 4, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released a new Frequently Asked Questions on Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness .   Partial Fix for Self-Insured Unemployment Costs Signed Into Law On August 3, the "Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act" (S. 4209)  was signed into law. This legislation is one of many requests that TCG and the larger nonprofit community had been urging Congress to pass, in order to ease the burden of unemployment compensation costs for self-insured nonprofits. While the CARES Act provided 50% reimbursement of costs, self-insured employers ...
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ARTS SECTOR NEEDS IMMEDIATE RELIEF NOW While negotiations among U.S. House and Senate leadership and the White House have stalled, key policy leaders are still debating the contents of the next package of relief to our nation's businesses, nonprofit organizations, states, local communities, schools, families, and individuals to address ongoing and long-term challenges related to the current pandemic.  Speak up on FRIDAY to urge immediate action by Congress! Even amidst bi-partisan support in Congress for a second round of Paycheck Protection Program funding, extending unemployment benefits, new and expanded tax credits, and additional proposals including ...
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Featuring work from The Sống Collective, The Eagle Project, Teatro Luna, KC Melting Pot Theatre, The Movement Theatre Company, the Hawaiian Theatre Program of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and Golden Thread Productions with Crowded Fire Theatre. New York, NY - Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announces that on Wednesday, August 12th, their 3rd Annual Theatres of Color celebration goes online with Too Legit to Quit : A Theatres of Color Virtual Event . The free event will feature music from DJ Ushka, the premiere of We Will Always Be Here by Ty Defoe ...
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TAKE ACTION NOW Negotiations over the contents of the next COVID-19 federal relief package are accelerating, and TCG is providing the latest news and resources as you join partners from the broader arts and nonprofit sectors in urging Congress to provide critically-needed federal support. On Monday (7/27), Senate leadership released its proposals in the HEALS Act which, combined with the House leadership's HEROES Act and numerous stand-alone bills introduced in both chambers, form a mountain of proposals that may be incorporated, adapted, and shaped into a final package for passage before Congress adjourns for the August recess.  Federal Funding: ...
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TONIGHT , Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, in partnership with Americans for the Arts and Theatre Communications Group , will bring together some of the stage and screen’s brightest stars in an effort to help “Save The Arts,” LIVE on “Stars in the House” at 8 PM ET on the Stars In The House YouTube channel and on starsinthehouse.com . As performance venues and film & television production houses remain closed nationwide, this is a dire time for American artists. Annette Bening, Alex Brightman, Justin Guarini, Kenny Leon, Marlee Matlin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Rosie Perez, Randy Rainbow, Marc Shaiman, Sarah Silverman, and more surprise guests ...
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Expand and recapitalize the Paycheck Protection Program resources, provide new opportunities for those that have exhausted initial PPP funds, remove restrictions and burdens for self-employed applicants, eliminate the 500-employee cap, and provide dedicated funding for nonprofit organizations. Extend the duration of the program and the loan forgiveness period, expand eligibility and allowable costs, and swiftly issue clear loan forgiveness guidance. Several proposals are under consideration that would provide a new or second opportunity to access Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans. However, there may be eligibility restrictions related to ...
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On June 4, 2020, as part of TCG's virtual National Conference, Re-Emergence, we held an Advocacy Session: Arts Advocacy in 2020: What’s Needed and What’s Permissible Participation in arts advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels is always important, but becomes critical during a crisis. And, we face multiple crises. This session will acknowledge our pivot to center the needs of Black colleagues, theatres of color and theatre artists of color. We know that some theatres and theatre artists have had greater challenges in accessing federal relief than others. This session will highlight bipartisan arts advocacy efforts focused on COVID-19 relief, ...
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the U.S. Congress is entering into negotiations over the content of the next urgently-needed major relief package.  Your theatre's advocacy is essential alongside the broader arts and nonprofit sectors. Among many proposals are ones that may narrow or target eligibility for relief, which makes it all the more important to speak up before the broad direction of the bill is set and comes to a vote later this month or in early August.  We must tell Congress how critical federal relief and charitable giving are for the arts workforce and nonprofit sector when it comes to supporting jobs and serving communities, especially ...
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Speak up in July as  Congress Takes Action on COVID-19 Relief! TAKE ACTION NOW Throughout July, House and Senate negotiators will shape a new approach to the expiring Paycheck Protection Program and pandemic unemployment benefits, and will consider enhanced charitable giving incentives, dedicated stimulus funding, and other policies to support workers, employers, and communities.  As Congress increasingly considers targeted approaches to the next COVID-19 policy package, it is essential that theatres join other arts and nonprofit stakeholders to seek full eligibility for relief.   Please take the following actions, and be prepared for ongoing ...
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