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This afternoon Gene Sperling, a longtime economic adviser under Democratic administrations, tapped by President Biden to oversee implementation of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan, Zach Butterworth, Director of Private Sector Engagement at the White House Office of Public Engagement, and Bharat Ramamurti, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council held an SVOG Stakeholder briefing session. TCG was in attendance along with the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Broadway League, Coalition of Large Theaters, Dance/USA, League of American Orchestras, National Association of Theatre Owners, National Independent Talent Association, National ...
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Thank you for taking a few minutes to give TCG and our partners at Groundwater Arts, Broadway Green Alliance, and HowlRound a quick snapshot of where the field is on some crucial climate-related issues, to better inform our work together at our upcoming Climate Action and Environmental Justice Summit and beyond. COMPLETE THE SURVEY You may fill out this survey anonymously or include your name and/or contact information; identifying information will not be shared outside of TCG and our partner organizations. No fields are required. Individuals as well as organizational staff and leaders are welcome to complete the survey. Please submit your responses ...
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I’m writing as a former resident of Minnesota from a place of grief and rage over the murder of Daunte Wright. Daunte was beloved by his friends and family, including his two-year old child. This horrific act of anti-Black police brutality is only made worse by occurring so close to the Derek Chauvin trial, where the trauma of George Floyd’s murder and uncertainty of justice are so painfully present. This violence follows the release of the video showing police officers terrorizing Lieutenant Caron Nazario, and we know that many of the wounds inflicted by this brutal system don’t ever rise to national attention.  To our Black colleagues, we see you, we know ...
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Following yesterday's extreme challenges surrounding the opening of the application portal of the Shuttered Venues Operators Grant program, here is an update on what we know. While we all await imminent and official notification from the SBA, we have been advised that the SVOG application portal will not reopen today, as the SBA is working diligently to fix the issues and to provide more clear guidance. We do not yet have word as to the date/time of reopening. Applicants can continue to register for an account, in advance of the portal reopening. We have asked for updates, corrections and more clarity to the Applicant User Guide, Application ...
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As the theatre field carefully reopens, many theatres find themselves on the verge of the most significant hiring processes in recent memory. Collectively, this represents a significant opportunity for our field to meet the #WeSeeYouWAT demands for BIPOC representation. What are the tools and resources we need to hire equitably? What are the systems that will hold us accountable? How can we ensure this surge of hiring doesn't negatively impact BITOC (Black Theatres, Indigenous Theatres, and Theatres of Color)? And, for white leaders, how are we evaluating the space we take up, and if and when we move back, move within, and lead differently?  An Open Forum ...
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We’re thrilled to announce that environmental justice educator Taylor Morton and climate researcher Sonali McDermid will join us and other climate organizers in conversation at our  Climate Action and Environmental Justice Summit   on April 22nd!  Sonali P. McDermid, Ph.D.   (she/her) is a climate scientist, modeler, and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at NYU.   Read Sonali’s full bio here. Taylor Morton   (they/them) is the Director of Environmental Health and Education at   WE ACT for Environmental Justice .      Read Taylor’s full bio here. Register for the Summit Now! ...
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New Shuttered Venue Operators Grants Guidance Online as Portal Opens Today! The Small Business Administration (SBA) has released new guidance to inform the application process for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program, which is set to open at  12:00 Noon Eastern on Thursday, April 8. The SBA and its resource centers are the definitive source of guidance on the application requirements and grant administration details, and all potential applicants are encouraged to carefully review all SBA-issued guidance for the most up-to-date information. Here are some of the newest resources: SBA Portal Homepage   Latest ...
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Available now: Tim Robbins in conversation with Ariane Mnouchkine, Peter Brook, and Guillermo Calderón  Fundación Teatro a Mil (Teatro a Mil Foundation), based in Santiago de Chile, is offering free access to recorded one-on-one conversations between the renowned American actor and director Tim Robbins and artists Ariane Mnouchkine , Peter Brook and Guillermo Calderón with more interviews to come. The interviews are in English.  The Teatro a Mil Foundation has had the honor of bringing both Mnouchkine and Brook to Chile, within the framework of the internationally renowned Santiago a Mil International Festival. Brook presented the ...
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The Small Business Administration (SBA) presented a webinar on Tuesday, March 30, outlining key eligibility and application requirements for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG) program, which is set to open for applications on Thursday, April 8, 2021. A recording will soon be available. In the meantime, here are some highlights: Prepare to apply as soon as possible – all may apply on the first day of the program. Once the portal opens, applicants can submit an application at any time, regardless whether an organization is within one of the two priority periods. Within priority periods, SBA will process applications in the order received. An ...
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TCG First Fridays - Responses to Anti-Asian Violence Time: Apr 2, 2021 07:00 PM  UPDATE: TCG is postponing our discussion on April 2 with playwright Young Jean Lee to hear from our Asian and Pacific Islander (API) colleagues leading the responses to Anti-Asian violence. Working with Young Jean and other organizers, such as artists from the Consortium of Asian American Theatre Artists ( CAATA ), the Asian American Performers Action Coalition ( AAPAC ), and Design Action , TCG First Fridays - Responses to Anti-Asian Violence will center the voices of API theatre makers, hold space for dialogue, and issue calls for support ...
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As theatres continue to access new and extended forms of federal COVID-19 relief, TCG is sharing with you these very latest developments from Washington, D.C.  Congress Passes PPP Deadline Extension: On Thursday, the U.S. Congress passed a bill extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline from March 31 to Monday, May 31, 2021. The most recent PPP data indicate that nearly $200 billion of the $280 billion in available 2021 PPP funding has been accessed. In testimony before the Senate Small Business Committee yesterday, the Small Business Administration (SBA) predicted that, given the pace of applications processed, remaining PPP ...
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March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to celebrate the lives and successes of transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people and communities. However, there can be no celebration of visibility without the defense of trans lives. 2021 is a record year for anti-transgender legislation , with 174 anti-LGBTQ bills so far under consideration in state legislatures across the country. Over half of them are aimed specifically at trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people. This legislative assault follows a record-year of violence against TGNC people, most frequently against Black trans women. The situation is especially ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2021 || PRESS CONTACTS: Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212.609.5941                                                                          Helen Mirren Delivers International World Theatre Day Message 2021 Olga Garay-English Delivers U.S. World Theatre Day message “The creative urge of writers, designers, dancers, singers, actors, musicians, directors, will never be suffocated and in the very near future will flourish again with a new energy and a new understanding of the world we all share.” - Helen Mirren, stage, screen and television actress International World ...
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Do you work at a Black Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, or Theatre of Color (BITOC)? If so, TCG wants to make sure that you’re fully supported in receiving equitable access to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants and all forms of federal relief. On April 8, the application process for SVOG will launch. Please join us at one of the following three technical assistance sessions, where TCG’s Laurie Baskin, Emilya Cachapero, Elena Chang, Sarah Machiko Haber, and Andrea Nellis will support you in preparing for and navigating the application process: REGISTER: SVOG for BITOC Session 1,   Monday, March 29, 4:30-6:30pm ET (Cancelled) REGISTER: ...
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The following statement and press release were released by CAATA on 3/24/21. We're sharing here to help boost the signal.  NATIONAL ASIAN/PASIFIKA/NATIVE/ INDIGENOUS/MENA THEATRE LEADERS ANTI-ASIAN HATE STATEMENT Click here to add your name and affiliation to the statement. Before reading further, have you checked and taken actions to respectfully ensure the safety and well being of AAPI staff, workers, family, neighbors, community members and their businesses/organizations? It has been one week since the March 16th tragedy where eight people were murdered in Mvskoke (Muscogee/Creek), also known as Atlanta, six of them Asian American ...
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In honor of Women's History Month, TCG Books has curated a collection of work by our incredible women and nonbinary authors. Take 25% off the paperback edition of any of the below titles when you use the code: WOMENSHISTORY21
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We'd like to share the ongoing coordinated efforts by Eric Ting, Jenny Koons, CAATA Board President Leslie Ishii and many others, who are gathering online to discuss responses to the horrific spree killings of Asian Americans in Atlanta. Please click here for more information about these efforts and here to make a gift to support CAATA and the organizers of this work. Thank you so much!
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Buy the Book Huge congratulations are in order to Michael R. Jackson, TCG author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Strange Loop , who has just been announced as a recipient of the 2021 Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama! The prize committee had the following praise for Michael's work: “By clothing bracing and irreverent truths in song and wit, Michael R. Jackson lifts us into worlds more vibrant and malleable than any we inhabit from day to day, infusing musical theater’s capacity to liberate with a fierce, joyful transgression.” Read more about this year's awards and recipients here (and don't miss the video of the recipients ...
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SBA has launched a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal  today in anticipation of opening applications for the long-awaited program on Thursday, April 8, 2021.   In advance of the official SVOG application opening, the SBA will host a national informational webinar to highlight the application process on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 2:30-4:00pm ET. Please register  here .   The SVOG program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act, which appropriated $15 billion for it. The  American Rescue Plan Act , signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, appropriated an additional ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2021   ||     CONTACTS:: Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 Theatre Communications Group Announces  Chi è di Scena? ITI meets USA Online event on March 22 features U.S. theatre leaders and artists New York, NY –   Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce ITI Meets the USA, an online event on Monday, March 22, at 11am EST/4pm Italy (GMT+1) on Facebook Live. Presented and hosted by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) Italy and ITI-Worldwide the 70-minute event will include remarks from leaders of the Global Theater Initiative (GTI), ...
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