Want to help the creative industries and community? If you are looking for something easy but powerful to do, consider contacted your elected officials to be sure they understand that you are here and that arts, culture and the creative sectors are vitally important to you, your family, your community and to the local economy.
One issue currently under discussion, as you may know, is the next federal stimulus package. In fact, it’s been under discussion for many months. Already approved by the House at the beginning of October, the Heroes Small Business Lifeline Act was introduced to the Senate floor by Schumer and other Democratic leaders just last week on October 20.
The Heroes Act includes an Act specifically regarding independent venues throughout the country. Section 619 is known as the Save Our Stages Act, and the Senate version increases the allocation from $10B to $15B, to be distributed as grants of up to $12M each to theatre operators, producers and others.
Otherwise, the Heroes Act also includes other small business assistance, including the Minority Business Development Agency, loan forgiveness simplifications, the Restaurants Act, and extensions to the Payroll Protection Program through March 31, 2021.
For more information about the Save Our Stages section of the Heroes Act, along with details about the distribution plans and history of the effort, see the article about it in Playbill here. And to learn more about the national Save Our Stages campaign, along with information about how to take action, including template content to send to legislators, see the Save Our Stages site here.