SB 805

Senators Contact Info for
Appropriations Hearing on May 20, 2021

Action Alert! We have the next steps for supporting the Save the Performing Arts Act (SB 805).

Below are the names and numbers of the California State Senators on the Appropriations Committee. Please call, e-mail, and tag them in your social media posts to express your support for SB 805! We need this done by May 19th for their vote on May 20th!

Only have time for one or two calls? Call Senator Portantino and Senator Atkins!

Have time for more? Start with the one that represents you or is closest to your community.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is__________, I am the Artistic Director/ Managing Director/ Company Member/ An Actor With ____________/ a supporter of the arts. I am calling to urge you to support SB 805, which will be heard in Suspense on May 20th.”

More resources here and RSVP to our press conference on May 19, 2021:

Senator Anthony J. Portantino (Chair)

Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 5050
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4025
Fax: (916) 651-4925

Glendale District Office
601 East Glenoaks Suite 210
Glendale, CA 91207
Phone: (818) 409-0400
Fax: (818) 409-1256

San Dimas Office
201 East Bonita Ave
San Dimas, CA 91773
Phone: (909) 599-7351
Fax: (909) 599-7692

Senator Patricia C. Bates (Vice Chair)

State Capitol, Room 3063
Sacramento, California  95814
Phone: (916) 651-4036
Fax: (916) 651-4936

24031 El Toro Road, Suite 201A
Laguna Hills, California  92653
Phone: (949) 598-5850

169 Saxony Road, Suite 103
Encinitas, California  92024
Phone: (760) 642-0809
Fax: (760) 642-0814

Senator Steven Bradford

State Capitol, Room 2059
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4035
Fax: (916) 651-4935

Inglewood District Office
1 Manchester Blvd, Suite 600
Inglewood,  CA  90301
Phone:  (310) 412-6120
Fax:  (310) 412-6125

San Pedro District Office
302 W. 5th, Suite 203
San Pedro,  CA  90731
Phone:  (310) 514-8573
Office Hours: M, W, Th – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Senator Brian W. Jones

State Capitol, Room 4088
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4038
Fax: (916) 651-4938

El Cajon Office
500 Fesler Street #201
El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: (619) 596-3136
Fax: (619) 596-3140

Escondido Office
720 North Broadway #110
Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: (760) 796-4655
Fax: (760) 796-4658

Senator Sydney Kamlager

State Capitol, Room 4062
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4030
Fax: (916) 651-4930

Los Angeles Office
Wallis Annenberg Building
700 State Dr., Suite 113
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Phone:  (213) 745-6656
Fax:  (213) 745-6722

Senator John Laird

State Capitol, Room 4040
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4017
Fax: (916) 651-4917

99 Pacific Street, Suite 575-F
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 657-6315
Fax: (831) 657-6320

1026 Palm Street, Suite 201
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 549-3784
Fax:  (805) 549-3779

Phone: (408) 847-6101

701 Ocean St. Suite 318A
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 425-0401
Fax: (831) 425-5124

Twitter: @Laird4CASenate

Senator Bob Wieckowski

State Capitol, Room 4085
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone:(916) 651-4010
Fax: (916) 651-4910

Fremont District Office
39510 Paseo Padre Parkway, Suite 280
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 794-3900


Steve Moyer
Press Contact: Steve Moyer

Steve Moyer Public Relations @ Work: 818.784.7027
Cell: 818.337.9987


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SB 805 will create a critical funding infrastructure to help assist our SMALL NONPROFIT PERFORMING ARTS COMPANIES (SNPACs), known as the PERFORMING ARTS EQUITABLE PAYROLL FUND, which will allocate matching funds to pay all workers minimum wage.

In addition, the bill also directs the California Arts Council to establish the CALIFORNIA NONPROFIT PERFORMING ARTS PAYMASTER, which will provide low-cost payroll and paymaster services to SNPACs.






“Over The last several years our organization, California Arts Advocates has worked with the legislature to investigate exemptions for small budget arts organizations that due to systemic undercapitalization of the arts and culture sector and the companion desire to keep arts affordable and accessible for all, simply cannot afford compliance with AB 5. Our deep concern now is that the one two punch of AB 5 and COVID may result in a loss of small budget arts organizations across California that are critical to offering community and educational based programs that employ emerging performers. That is why we support SB 805 and look forward to working with labor and the legislature to see its passage.”

Julie Baker
Executive Director of California for the Arts

“The world of intimate theatre provides the only access many artists, especially artists of color, have to hone their craft, network with others and ultimately achieve the kind of upward mobility that would otherwise be locked behind a paywall. This vital, grassroots pipeline will be the victim of collateral damage if we don’t find a way to make our voices heard to the powers that be.”

Marc Antonio Pritchett
Co-Artistic Director of Sacred Fools Theater Company

“Without SB 805, we will be leaving behind – and shutting out – countless local artists and stories, as well as a significant amount of representation on and off our stages.”

Oanh Nguyen
Executive Artistic Director of Chance Theater

“I’m surely not against paying actors. The Victory Theatre Center has always paid its actors. But the unintended consequences of AB 5 are that the majority of little theaters with budgets under $250,000 per year will be unable to function. The Victory will not be able to do its usual four productions per year. It’s even questionable we could do one. We could not continue our outreach to schools. The closure of the majority of small theaters would be a loss to our communities.”

Maria Gobetti
Co-Founding Artistic Director of The Victory Theatre Center

“Small professional arts organizations are immensely important because they are often the only arts incubators available for emerging talent. Without these organizations many writers, actors, directors, and designers simply would not have an opportunity to refine and show their work and be discovered. Each year, Rogue Machine offers 50 to 100 artists that opportunity to work and refine. Rogue Machine is proud that Kemp Powers, screenwriter of One Night in Miami… and Soul, and John Pollono, screenwriter of Stronger and Small Engine Repair, were able to start their careers through productions at Rogue Machine.”

John Perrin Flynn
Founding Artistic Director of Rogue Machine Theatre

“With the passage of SB 805, this bill will have a positive impact on BIPOC theaters that are doing work that benefits the public good, especially in low-income and underrepresented communities.”

Armando Molino
Artistic Director for Company of Angeles

“Small theaters don’t have development departments with a staff who focus exclusively on grant writing and donor development, nor marketing department or even a technical department. In small theaters, a very small number of people wear an inordinate number of hats to make the arts come alive. Comparing small non-profits arts organizations to other sectors of the economy is like comparing apples to oranges. There is very little money that is generated in the small performing arts world, yet we provide valuable services in terms access, representation and community building.”

Emmanuel Deleage
Executive Director of CASA 0101 Theater

“The 99-seat theater is a haven where new voices of writers and performers are nurtured in a safe environment. It allows the non-commercial stories to be developed and produced for low-income audiences who lack the financial means to experience live theater in larger houses. It is in the small 99-seat theater where we have achieved: Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility.”

Odalys Nanin
Producing Artistic Director/President of Macha Theatre Company/Films

“SB 805 will be the beacon light of hope to diverse voices and communities of color whose platforms have been and will continue to be the small non-profit theatres and visual arts organizations. It is the bridge of dreams and job opportunities to major profit theatres and arts organizations. It is the educational artistic platform for millions of young actors, artists, playwrights, designers, technicians, directors and producers whose dreams are to contribute to the artistic and social landscape. It is the foundation of the large profit theatres for their future artists and audiences. It is a step to the economic engine of this country.”

William Virchis
Producing Artistic Director of Teatro Máscara Mágica

“As an Independent Artist SB 805 which will allow me to nourish future generations with artistic tools and alternative ways to express, heal and tell their narratives of their families.”

Cristal Gonzalez
Freelance Artist