Legislature Increases Investment in the Arts by $1 Million

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After six months of emails, negotiations, and face-to-face meetings, Massachusetts lawmakers passed a state budget last week which included a $12 million allocation to the arts, cultural, and creative community through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) budget.

This 8% increase in the FY2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council provides the Commonwealth with an additional $1 million to invest in our arts and cultural institutions, our working artists and our arts educators.

Back in April, the House Ways and Means Committee shocked the creative community by proposing a 54% cut to the MCC budget. In response, the community fought back and made clear to our political leaders that funding the creative community isn’t just nice but necessary.

What began as a $5.1 million allocation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council is now officially $12 million, two and half times the original House Ways and Means proposal and a $1 million increase over last year’s budget.

The victory was made possible by the actions of thousands of arts leaders and supporters who let our politicians know that finding the arts was a priority.

 

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