Emily Ruddock

endorsed 2018-09-25 16:36:01 -0400

#ArtsMatterDay October 26, 2018: Sign Up!

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On #ArtsMatterDay October 26, 2018 the creative community will flood social media with images and videos celebrating why arts matter in Massachusetts. 

Sign up here to say that you're joining our online day of celebration and receive our #ArtsMatterDay toolkit. We'll list you as a partner on our website, and we invite you to:

  • Share that you're celebrating #ArtsMatterDay and invite others to join on social media.
  • Celebrate #ArtsMatterDay on October 26 by posting pictures and videos on October 26 and using #ArtsMatter to highlight your organization's events and programs.

MASSCreative endorsed 2018-07-17 13:17:02 -0400

Cultural Facilities Fund Letter of Support

Dear Senate President Chandler, Speaker DeLeo, Chairwoman Spilka, and Chairman Sánchez,

From our world-class facilities to our neighborhood arts centers and community playhouses, arts and culture have connected communities and built a vibrant, thriving economy across the Commonwealth. Our cultural venues are often the anchor of a neighborhood, making our cities and towns exceptional places to live, work, play, and visit.

Yet every year, our cultural facilities continue to age. With hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, our venues are subject to wear and tear and ever-changing building codes, and require vigilance to make sure they are accessible to all.

Created by the Massachusetts Legislature in 2007, the Cultural Facilities Fund has helped restore many of our Commonwealth’s most treasured historical and cultural landmarks, and has helped fund visionary capital projects that revitalize our communities.

Over the past ten years, the demand for planning and development resources provided by the Cultural Facilities Fund has increased exponentially, outpacing supply. In a 2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council survey, 169 organizations reported $114 million in essential capital projects through 2019.

As part of the Economic Development Bond Bill, we request that the Legislature reauthorize the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund for five years at $75 million.

  • Investment builds the state’s creative community.
    Since its start in 2007, the Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded grants of $110 million to 853 projects across the Commonwealth. These grants benefit organizations of every size and every region of Massachusetts, support individual artists and arts education, and revitalize our downtowns.

  • Investment creates jobs and drives the economy.
    The arts and cultural organizations behind Cultural Facilities Fund projects employ more than 7,000 workers and generate $1.7 billion in annual economic activity through organizational spending. In addition, these projects have hired over 25,500 architects, engineers, contractors, and construction workers between 2007 and 2017.  

  • Investment increases tourism.
    More than 16 million people visit organizations receiving these grants annually. For every visitor to our cultural facilities, an additional $27.32 goes to the local economy, including restaurants and local businesses.

CC:
The Honorable John F. Keenan, Chair, Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditure and State Assets
The Honorable Antonio Cabral, Chair, House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditure and State Assets

 

 

 

 

 


published MASSCreative Opposes Congressional Tax Bills in Press 2017-12-13 14:12:10 -0500

MASSCreative Opposes Congressional Tax Bills

BOSTON, December 13, 2017—Both the U.S. Senate and U.S House have recently passed separate but similar bills that make sweeping changes to the U.S. tax code. Some will have significant impact on the nonprofit sector, and its arts and cultural community members. Both bills are now in conference committee where Congressional leaders are reconciling differences between the bills to create a final one that will require another vote by the House and Senate. If that bill is approved by both houses of Congress, it will be sent to President Donald Trump to be signed into law. MASSCreative Executive Director released the following statement in response:

“We stand with Americans For the Arts and the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network in opposition to these bills. Both the House and Senate versions will harm the Commonwealth’s arts and cultural community and the people they serve. 

“Both bills would keep the deduction for charitable contributions that have long benefitted nonprofit arts and cultural organizations by encouraging people to make tax-deductible donations to their favorite nonprofits. But significant increases to the standard deduction would likely result in far fewer people itemizing their deductions to take advantage of the charitable tax deduction.

The Tax Policy Center of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution estimates that fewer than 13 million people would itemize their deductions as compared with approximately 46 million who do so now. That could result in a loss of up to $20 billion annually to nonprofit organizations across the country.

“Additionally, many artists and creative entrepreneurs count on deductions to offset their personal business expenses. By eliminating many of the items that could previously be deducted from their taxes, artists could see an increase in the amount of taxes they will owe under a new plan.

“Last, the House bill weakens the Johnson Amendment, which provides nonpartisan protections to charitable, religious and philanthropic organizations. By prohibiting nonprofits from endorsing political candidates or making financial contributions to them, nonprofits, such as arts organizations, are better able to collaborate in creative ways and work together to solve community problems. 

“We strongly encourage Congressman Neal and his fellow conferees to protect the Johnson Amendment and keep the nonprofit sector out of electoral politics.” 

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