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Still Time to Act on Arts and Recovery Congress will be working throughout the coming weeks to negotiate and finalize the focus of massive infrastructure and budget reconciliation packages. As these legislative vehicles hold the potential to provide additional resources for COVID-19 economic recovery and substantial federal policies and funding support, theatres are joining the wider arts and nonprofit sectors in urging Congress to support our nation's cultural agencies, creative workforce, nonprofit policies, and the ongoing need for relief via essential sources like the employee retention tax credit (ERTC). See TCG’s Recovery Issue Center for more information ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2021    ||     CONTACT: Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 Theatre Communications Group Announces Major Support  from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for TCG Books Illuminations series will feature classic works by Black playwrights New York, NY - Theatre Communications Group (TCG) , the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will support the expansion of TCG Books through a two-year, $1,000,000 total grant. This investment will allow TCG Books to: recover from the staffing impacts of the COVID-19 ...
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Today, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued new Post-Application guidance for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program.   This guidance spells out new details regarding the budget adjustment, auditing, and reporting requirements for grantees and will be supplemented with technical assistance and SBA webinars in the weeks (and months) to come. Even as the SBA continues to finalize offers of initial and supplemental awards, all grantees are encouraged to take a close look at this new guidance for important information about how SVOG funds may be used, and to plan for complying with federal grant requirements.   Supplemental ...
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Advocacy and Financial Resilience: A TCG Virtual Summit Thursday, October 28th, 1:00-4:00pm ET / 10:00am-1:00pm PT Senator Klobuchar was instrumental in the passing of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants last year, and we’re thrilled that she’ll join us to offer remarks about the story behind SVOG and the importance of continued arts advocacy by and for the theatre sector. In addition to remarks from Senator Klobuchar, this virtual summit will feature presentations from leading field experts such as Dr. Zannie Voss, SMU DataArts; Heather Noonan, League of American Orchestras; Tony Shivers, Dance/USA and OPERA America; Najean Lee, League ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2021 || CONTACT: Corinna Schulenburg, cschulenburg@tcg.org, 212-609-5941 New from TCG Books : Mlima’s Tale by Lynn Nottage   NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Mlima’s Tale by Lynn Nottage . Mlima’s Tale was originally developed and produced by The Public Theater in New York and had its world premiere in the spring of 2018. The play had its regional premiere at Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut in the fall of 2019. “A beautiful, endlessly echoing portrait of a murder and its afterlife. Ms. Nottage shaped this story ...
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Originally recorded September 9, 2021 After more than a year of canceled, postponed, or reimagined performances, U.S. arts organizations, presenters, and agents have resumed programming and planning for the 2021-22 season, only to find the U.S. is not quite ready to open our borders for all international artists. In this free 75-minute webinar, experts from Tamizdat and the hosts of ArtistsfromAbroad.org – the Association of Performing Arts Professionals and the League of American Orchestras – describe what it takes to secure U.S. artist visas and navigate COVID-19 travel restrictions right now. We also cover what the current and long-term policy environment ...
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TCG Books Does Brooklyn!   In lieu of our typical "First Friday" programming this October, we’re taking it to the streets! Join us in-person and outside, kicking off autumn at the   Brooklyn Book Festival   on   Sunday, October 3rd   between 10am - 5pm.   Come grab your copy of TCG’s latest publications at 20% off, plus say hello and get your book signed by some of our incredible authors throughout the day.   We’ll be in   Booth #223 , across from the Kings County Surrogate’s Court.   Book Signing Schedule:   Richard Maxwell: 11am Evening Plays, Theater for Beginners   Lynn Nottage: 12pm Sweat, Mlima’s Tale   Michael ...
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de latinidad: A Training & Movement Space on Addressing Racism, Colorism, & Internalized Oppression in U.S. Chicanx, Hispanic & Latinx Communities & Artistic Communities Tuesday, September 28th 5-8pm Pacific / 8-11pm Eastern This training content is created by Merrique Jenson of SocialScope Productions* and hosted by Con Leche** This three-hour online training and movement space will provide an overview, help participants form their own racial analysis, and support a “real talk” conversational approach into the state of our Latinx communities and larger artistic community spaces on racial identity, the performance of "Latinx" identity, ...
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I am writing to make you aware of an opportunity for white women arts leaders to deepen their racial equity practice through an impactful training this fall. The 4-part series 'White Women  & Accountability" is described in detail below. It is created and led by TCG Board member Merrique Jenson and co-facilitated by Mica Cole.  I plan to participate myself, and I hope to see some of you in the trainings. Please read on for more information and feel free to share with others. To participate and reserve your spot in this initial learning space, please email Merrique Jenson (4socialscope@gmail.com) to express your interest. White Women & Accountability: ...
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Dear Colleague,  Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! En este mes de celebración y felicidad, esperamos que ustedes exploren y apoyen los teatros Latinos . If you’re looking for ways to celebrate, here are few suggestions , or you can read about Latino Theatre Company’s upcoming virtual festival, Re:Encuentro, which American Theatre spotlighted earlier this year. We hope that this month and throughout the year we can help support and spread the word about the artistry and community building our Lantinx Member Theatres do. Please mark your calendars for our reimagined Fall Forum . This year, and into 2022,  we will convene monthly, mostly ...
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TCG is able to share some updates regarding the Supplemental and Reconsideration phases of the SVOG program based on an SBA stakeholder briefing earlier today: Supplemental invitations are still being sent out – they have been issued in batches and they are not finished. In response to some confusion around updating Q1 financials:  The first time SBA notified initial awardees about the Supplemental Award process, they invited applicants to update their Q1 financials and this was optional. If an entity received an Action Item in their portal after that, it was mandatory – SBA explained that there were at least about 2,000 entities that appeared to have ...
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On September 1, 2020, the White Theatre-makers Acting On BIPOC Demands Affinity Space met for the first time. Over the following year, the group convened at least once a month, working through the #WeSeeYouWAT demands one-by-one through peer-driven learning. We also held special forums to take deeper dives into demands that needed more time. After working our way through all of the not-for-profit theatre-related demands, we focused on hiring accountability, as well as wider-frame conversations about anti-racism and organizational culture.  Now, a year later, we’ve evaluated the work of this Space and are making changes to ensure its relevance, and deepen ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : September 8, 2021  || CONTACTS: Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 TCG Appoints LaTeshia Ellerson as Director of Institutional Philanthropy New York, NY - Theatre Communications Group (TCG) , the national organization for theatre, is thrilled to announce the appointment of LaTeshia Ellerson as its new director of institutional philanthropy. Ellerson will partner with TCG’s executive-leadership team to devise, implement, and manage strategies and approaches for foundation, corporate, and government sources to diversify TCG’s contributed revenue.  “At TCG, we’ve long admired LaTeshia’s ...
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Building on the work of TCG’s 2021 Climate Action and Environmental Justice Summit, the Climate Action Monthly Meetings (CAMM) will support peer-driven learning, accountability, and action for all theatre people committed to climate action and environmental justice.  Participants will ask questions, share resources, and take collective action, both within the theatre sector and our broader world.  The Community will center the leadership and needs of frontline communities, especially Native/Indigenous and other BIPOC communities. These meetings will be co-facilitated by TCG's Devon Berkshire, Raksak Konseng, and Corinna Schulenburg. Our first meeting will be  ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2021        ||     CONTACTS: Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 Theatre Communications Group Presents TCG Books’ First Fridays: Featuring Daniel Alexander Jones and Emily Morse Event sixth in a series of conversations with TCG Books’ authors on Facebook Live New York, NY –   Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the sixth iteration of TCG Books’ First Fridays, featuring Daniel Alexander Jones ( Love Like Light, Particle and Wave ) in conversation on Facebook Live, Friday, September 3, 2021 at 7:00pm ET . TCG Books’ First Fridays ...
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Delta Rising: A Webinar on What the Next Wave Means for Theatre Friday, September 10th, 4:00 - 5:00pm ET / 1:00 - 2:00pm PT REGISTER HERE The Delta variant has already upended the reopening processes of theatres as covered in the American Theatre magazine article, " Theatre’s Fall Plans, and the Delta Varian ." Not only is Delta significantly more contagious, but breakthrough cases in vaccinated people, while currently small in number, can also spread the virus. How different is Delta from past variants? How can theatres adapt their safety protocols in response? We’ll hear from noted epidemiologists and public health experts on how to weather ...
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Your voice has made a real difference as Congress shapes relief and recovery resources, and it's time to be heard once again! In the coming weeks, Congress will finalize the contents of massive legislative vehicles intended to build the nation's infrastructure and provide resources to support recovery amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This legislation is being called a once-in-a-generation investment in U.S. infrastructure and growth. We strongly encourage you to participate in this theatre advocacy campaign, in partnership with the wider arts and nonprofit networks. TCG’s Recovery Issue Center includes a full slate of policy priorities being advanced, ...
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TCG joins nonprofits throughout the country urging Congress to retain the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) for our sector in the 4th Quarter of 2021. The American Rescue Plan Act added the 3rd and 4th Quarters of ERTC to provide much-needed relief to nonprofits and small businesses, but now access for the 4th quarter is proposed to be eliminated, even after nonprofits have planned for the availability of those funds. The bi-partisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act bill language has a provision that would eliminate the 4th Quarter of the ERTC—this important refundable payroll tax credit for nonprofits and small businesses is designed to provide a ...
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The Small Business Administration (SBA) will be posting important action items in the accounts of certain applicants to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG) program today. Please keep a very close eye on your account today and over the next week to see if action is needed in order for your orchestra to participate in the supplemental grant award process! Watch for a mandatory request to update your 2021 revenue numbers: As most applicants know by now, the SBA has recently invited applicants to participate in an optional process to update the 2021 revenue figures that are being used for determining eligibility for the supplemental grant process. On ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27 , 2021            CONTACTS:  Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941              Theatre Communications Group Selects Pittsburgh, PA for 2022 National Conference June 16-18, 2022 New York, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, proudly announces that the 32nd annual TCG National Conference will take place in Pittsburgh, PA from June 16 to 18, 2022. The TCG National Conference draws between 700 to over 1,000 theatre professionals from around the world for meetings, speeches, performances, and opportunities to explore the local theatre ...
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