Senator Rubio Successfully Champions $50 Million to Help Small Theaters Survive Pandemic Devastation
Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) announced today that the 2021-22 state budget includes $50 million in immediate funding that she requested to help struggling small theaters as they emerge from the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hollywood stars come out to demand California save small performing arts theaters at a press conference supporting State Senator Susan Rubio’s Senate Bill 805 (SB 805), “Save The Performing Arts Act of 2021”
Please call, e-mail, and tag the senators on the Appropriations committee 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!
Press Conference for State Senator Susan Rubio’s Senate Bill 805, “Save The Performing Arts Act of 2021” to be held at CASA 0101 Theater
The performing arts are a part of world culture since antiquity and we should do everything we can to preserve its ability to thrive as both a source of education and entertainment.
"On May 20th you will not only be voting for the funding of small theatres but also, to uphold and sustain the longstanding legacy of a dynamic grassroots movement that has launched, supported and dare I say saved the lives of tens of thousands of young people of color for whom theatre is the very air they breathe."
SB 805 is critical to help SNPACs create and preserve job opportunities for people in the performing arts sector, particularly workers in marginalized communities. These small nonprofit theaters contribute enormously to the economic growth, social well-being and cultural vitality of the local communities they serve.
On April 26, 2021, The State Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee passed Senate Bill 805 (SB 805), “Save The Performing Arts Act of 2021,” authored by Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) representing the 22nd District.
"We respectfully ask for this committee’s aye votes on SB 805 because it would support the survival of performing arts groups like Teatro Campesino."
ARTISTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA UNITE FOR THE PASSAGE OF SENATE BILL 805, TITLED, “SAVE THE PERFORMING ARTS ACT OF 2021” WHICH THE SENATE LABOR COMMITTEE WILL VOTE ON MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2021
WHAT IS SB 805?
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.
READ THE BILL
“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.”
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.”
Executive Artistic Director of Chance Theater
Co-Founding Artistic Director of The Victory Theatre Center
John Perrin Flynn
Founding Artistic Director of Rogue Machine Theatre
Artistic Director for Company of Angeles
Executive Director of CASA 0101 Theater
Producing Artistic Director/President of Macha Theatre Company/Films
Producing Artistic Director of Teatro Máscara Mágica
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- SteveSimmonsWrites.com: "SoCal Theatre Companies, Other Artists Unite To Pass The ‘Save The Performing Arts Act of 2021’"
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