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Dear Colleagues, On Friday evening, the Small Business Administration announced the release of the Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application and instructions . The SBA also stated that more complete guidance on the loan forgiveness process will be issued "soon." In the meantime, the form and instructions provide some new information as to how loan forgiveness will be administered.  Please share this information, as needed.   With best wishes,   Laurie Baskin Director of Research, Policy & Collective Action TC
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Thank You: Ongoing Advocacy is Essential   Since passage of the CARES Act, theatre leaders have continued to speak up in partnership with the broader arts and nonprofit sectors, seeking ongoing federal relief amidst the COVID-19 crisis. And, your advocacy is making a difference. Please keep weighing in! Elected officials expect to hear from their stakeholders with frequency, the policy issues are dynamic, and the needs of your community are rapidly changing. TCG is working in strategic partnerships with national arts and nonprofit sector leaders to ensure that your voice is added to those influencing the outcome of the next COVID-19 relief package, ...
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As Congress moves toward next steps in crafting a package of new and renewed COVID-19 relief programs, an array of details on existing programs was recently released: Enhanced Charitable Giving Incentives: The CARES act created a new giving incentive for taxpayers who do not itemize their tax returns and it also removed the 60% Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) restriction on charitable deductions for those who do itemize their tax returns for the 2020 tax year. While the Internal Revenue Service has not yet issued guidance, the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation issued a report on CARES Act provisions on April 23, specifying ...
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Spread the word far and wide-- it's time to party!! The Kilroys List Book Vol. Two is here, with scenes and monologues from 67 women and nonbinary playwrights and a foreword by Lynn Nottage. We'll be celebrating with TCG on Zoom this Tuesday, hosting a party you don't want to miss! Join us to toast the playwrights and hear some readings from the book. Let's get together and be badass in this crazy, lonely time. Theatre Communications Group and The Kilroys present... THE KILROYS BOOK DROP PARTY! Tuesday May 19 2020 8PM Eastern 5PM Pacific on Zoom (RSVP required) REGISTER HERE featuring readings from playwrights included in The Kilroys List Book ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2020 | CONTACT: Corinna Schulenburg, cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 New from TCG Books: Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith . Until the Flood was commissioned by and received its world premiere at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri in the fall of 2016. “ Until the Flood is an urgent moral inquest.” —Jesse Green, New York Times In the gripping and revelatory Until the Flood , Dael Orlandersmith journeys into the ...
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Thinking about the new normal, or new abnormal, I wanted to ask for thoughts and ideas on how theaters can combine creativity and digital technology to meet diverse audiences where and when they are? Many theaters are currently using digital means to cater to homebound existing audiences. Are there opportunities to use options like hybrid live/digital platforms and flexible performance formats to attract new audiences now unable or disinterested in attending theater? Could a combination of hybrid live/online programming, variable performance times, and unconventional venues make theater performances more accessible to differently abled audiences and theatermakers? ...
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Virtual Toasts: Online Galas & Donor Engagement from Theatre Communications Group on Vimeo . Virtual Toasts: Online Galas & Donor Engagement Thursday, April 30, 5-6pm ET With shuttered stages and social distancing, theatres have drawn on their trademark creativity to move their galas online. But how can you successfully engage donors without the magic of being in the room together? This webinar will feature theatres sharing what worked in their successful pivots to online galas, some of which were featured in the  American Theatre article, " Galas Open Their Virtual Doors in Hopes of Opening Checkbooks ." Emika Abe (she/her/hers) ...
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Congress Acts on New Funds for PPP and SBA Loans Congress and the White House have just passed an "interim" COVID-19 relief bill. The deal adds funding to the existing   Paycheck Protection Program   administered by local lenders and the   Economic Injury Disaster Relief program   administered by the Small Business Administration, and provides additional resources for COVID-19 testing and hospitals. Congress is expected to take up a separate package of new and expanded COVID-19 relief measures in the weeks to come, and ongoing advocacy will be essential. Please stay tuned for an important Action Alert next week. Here is a quick overview of the ...
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New Funds for PPP and SBA Loans, and NEA Awards Funds to States Congress Acts on New Funds for PPP and SBA Loans Congress and the White House have just passed an "interim" COVID-19 relief bill. The deal adds funding to the existing Paycheck Protection Program administered by local lenders and the Economic Injury Disaster Relief program administered by the Small Business Administration, and provides additional resources for COVID-19 testing and hospitals. Congress is expected to take up a separate package of new and expanded COVID-19 relief measures in the weeks to come, and ongoing advocacy will be essential. Please stay tuned ...
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CARES and Community Care Webinar from Theatre Communications Group on Vimeo . While many theatres have applied for SBA loans from the Paycheck Protection Program in the CARES Act, there is still a great deal of uncertainty on what happens now.  What other opportunities exist within the CARES Act and Families First Coronavirus Response Act? What labor laws should you be tracking amid rapid shifts in the employer/employee landscape? How do you care for your company and community during a time of furloughs and social distancing? And how can we as a field prepare for--and influence--future federal relief efforts? This ‘what now’ webinar will ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2020 | PRESS CONTACTS:  Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org   Theatre Communications Group Releases New Research: Coronavirus Preparedness and Impact Report New York, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the release of their Coronavirus Preparedness and Impact Report , a 10-page report based on the results of a snapshot survey of TCG Member Theatres conducted in March. TCG will conduct further surveys to measure the pandemic’s impact as part of a five-point approach to holistically respond to this crisis. TCG’s efforts will help: stabilize theatres by advocating for ...
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For six years the National Jewish Theater Foundation - Holocaust Theater International Initiative has expanded their Remembrance Reading Program that uses the power of live theatre to commemorate the Holocaust its history, victims and survivors. These readings of plays selected by an individual or organization from their Holocaust Theater Catalog have been performed across the U.S. and globally. To keep the light of solidarity lit even during a global pandemic, NJTF is offering a program alternative to live readings planned in honor of Yom HaShoah, April 20th and April 21st, 2020. They're offering a free program of presenting the PBS filming of Jeff Cohen’s ...
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Federal News and Relief Efforts on COVID-19 White House to Defer to States on Re-Opening On April 16, the White House announced it would allow governors to implement a three-phase approach to re-opening workplaces and public gatherings, and only after a sustained reduction in COVID-19 symptoms and cases. The broad guidelines in Opening Up America Again are non-binding and suggest that: First phases of re-opening would follow advancements in testing protocols, adoption of workforce protocols for testing, social distancing, and protective equipment, and fourteen days of a downward trajectory of COVID-19 cases. Phase one suggests "large venues ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 16, 2020   |  CONTACTS:   Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 Theatre Communications Group Announces Fourteenth Round of  Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships NEW YORK, NY – The William & Eva Fox Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, are pleased to announce the fourteenth round of Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships recipients. The goals of the program are: to further an actor's artistic and professional development in live theatre; to deepen and enrich their relationship with a not-for-profit theatre; place actors ...
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Here in New York City, 7pm is a special moment every day. New Yorkers take to their windows, to their fire escapes, to whatever little outdoor space we have available, and we clap. We bang pots. We give thanks, as loudly as we can, to those on the front line of this pandemic. We know this public gratitude is not enough. We know our front line also needs protective gear, with many essential workers in the food industry unable to count on even a living wage. We have work to do to honor and protect those who are protecting and feeding us. But the gratitude matters.  In that spirit, we bang our pots for the finance, management, and all staffers who’ve been ...
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Finding Relief!

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Applications are now being accepted for the many forms of relief associated with the historic $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that was signed into law on March 27, 2020 and other federal relief programs. We would like to share some important (and urgent) advice from 20 Degrees : Time is of the essence to prepare and submit your application for the SBA Paycheck Protection COVID-19 relief loan program , as these dollars will go quickly and nonprofits are eligible but the competition for these funds will be fierce. Getting your application in as early as possible is one of the best things you can do. ...
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Every year, about 500 arts advocates join together in Washington, DC, for a two-day event – the national arts advocacy day. After a day of rigorous training, advocates navigate the marbled halls of House and Senate office buildings and make the case for various issues that impact the arts field. This year was different. In keeping with COVID-19 related cancellations across the arts field and every sector, the in-person Arts Advocacy Day which was slated for March 31 was canceled. But, TCG had already confirmed 5 Hill visits – so we inquired about conference calls instead. And, Hill staffers rose to the occasion! TCG always assembles an Arts Advocacy Day ...
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Ginny Louloudes, Executive Director of ART/NY, has shared some very helpful resources. An ART/NY board member, Andy Lance, who is Managing Partner at GibsonDunn sent this comprehensive, 10 page, Resource Guide on the Loan and how to apply.  It is posted in the Circle Library .   In addition, this is a shorter summary and analysis sent by ART/NY's Government Relations Team at Cozen O'Connor.
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U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Guidance for Workers and Employers Offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced guidance to provide information to workers and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020. The new guidance includes questions and answers addressing critical issues such as what documents employees can be required to submit to their employers to use paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave; whether ...
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How many more people could have been helped if they had been exposed to theatre? It is a strange time for a celebration. Today is World Theatre Day, and it comes just months after I joined the Theatre Communications Group as its director of marketing. None of this is about me, but as we all sit in isolation, the bitter ironies of Coronavirus cancellations make it feel like it is about all of us, and our stories.  At TCG, we have been advocating vigilantly for support from Congress for our field, knowing that when/if we come out of all of this unscathed, the theatres will be the one of the major places where we all gather to heal. And yet, ...
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