Things are moving quickly, and Laurie and team have been doing astonishing work at the federal level to advocate for theatres and theatre artists. She'll surely send a longer update, but I wanted to send this New York Times article
about the stimulus bill. We were in close communication with the author to ensure the narrative reflected that while there is much good in this bill, it "does not address the severity of the crisis in the not-for-profit arts field," as Teresa shared. You have sent a RECORD number of messages to your representatives, and we'll need to draw on that strength going forward.
For those looking for crisis management support, we're thrilled to share that today, (3/26), Management Consultants for the Arts
will host its Managing Through a Time of Crisis
webinar at 2:00 PM EDT. Presentation will be less than 30 minutes, followed by online Q&A until 3:00 PM EDT. They will also offer 30 or 60 minute one-on-one consultation slots, first come / first scheduled basis. MCA has been a long-standing sponsor, exhibitor, and speaker at TCG Convenings-members of their team have been at the helm of cultural organizations during challenging moments and transitions, and they have a deep interest in the health and vitality of our sector. A HUGE thanks to MCA for this, and to Kevin Bitterman for facilitating this opportunity.
On the more local level, make sure you're checking our Relief and Recovery Funds library entry, which is continually updated with opportunities like:
- Baker-Polito Administration Announces $10 Million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund - The $10 million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund will provide emergency capital up to $75,000 to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by COVID-19 with under 50 full- and part-time employees, including nonprofits. (MA)
- DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants - Mayor Bowser and the Council of the District of Columbia are investing $25 million in the COVID-19 Recovery Effort and the DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants Program, which will be housed in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. (Washington, DC)
- Office of Mayor - San Francisco :The Arts Relief Program includes loans and grants for individual and organizations. (San Francisco, CA)
Thank you to Rachael Hip-Flores and Emilia Smart-Denson for all their work on organizing these resources.
Finally, a reminder that while we'll continue to share updates using the Circle community, you can also connect directly with your peers, either by visiting the site or just reply directly from your email to these messaages. You can also start a new conversation and ask a questions using the listserv address: TCG-covid19preparemitigaterecover@ConnectedCommunity.org
Love and strength,
Director of Communications