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Be An Arts Hero | Contact Congress

Stage Directions • Industry News • July 31, 2020

Roundabout Theatre, and others, are pushing for everyone who work in theater and the Arts to reach out to Congress to implore the Senate to come to the aid of the Arts & Culture segment. Right now, you can help everyone who works in the arts. A group of arts-minded advocates has launched the #ArtsHero campaign in support of securing arts funding from the U.S. Senate. A new relief bill is currently being finalized, and we need your help this week, before August 1. This deadline signifies the current stop date for many benefits through the CARES Act, including the $600 per week to anyone receiving unemployment on top of their regular welfare provisions. As it stands now, the additional compensation checks stop July 31.

As you know, everyone in the arts and culture industry is in crisis due to the disastrous effects of COVID-19. Our institutions are shuttered and financially struggling, with no concrete idea when it will be safe for anyone to come back to work.

We’re asking for your help to contact your local Senators and ask them to commit to being an #ArtsHero by passing relief legislation for people working in the Arts and Culture sector. This means supporting federal legislation that:

  • Extends the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program until it’s safe to return to work;

  • Fully subsidizes COBRA so that unemployed Arts & Culture workers can stay healthy during this deadly pandemic;

  • Commits direct relief funds to artists and Arts & Culture institutions so that this cornerstone of the American economy can survive.

You can find out more about the #ArtsHero campaign, as well as other ways to get involved, by visiting their website or by following them on social media.

Thank you for your continued commitment to the arts. Together, we can ensure the arts remain a pillar of our communities and economy.

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