November 17 Policy & Action Review

Last Friday we provided updates on the FY21 State Budget process as well as a quick recap on the 2020 General Election Results. In this email we share two action alerts for Federal and State lawmakers as well as the latest research on singing and playing instruments safely.

Policy Updates

MASSCreative continues to monitor and report on state and federal policy that supports equitable communities and a stronger, more inclusive creative sector. 

Learn more in MASSCreative's Policy Update, including:

  • General Election Results
  • FY21 Budget update
  • Mass Cultural Council COVID-19 Impact Study
  • Watch our Post Election Analysis Webinar

Read Our Policy Update

Top Actions


$18.2 for Arts, Culture & Creativity: Write Your Legislators Today

Last week the House passed their version of the FY21 State Budget. This week the Senate will take up their version.  In both the House Final Version and the Senate Ways and Means version, the Mass Cultural Council budget is $18.2 million. We want to make sure our elected officials know we care about public investment for arts, culture and creative in the Commonwealth

Email your Legislators Today

Federal Relief Advocacy Needed Now

Both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House have returned to their work in Washington, DC in a “lame duck session” following an election. Current reporting indicates that despite the spiking COVID-19 rates, and the year-end conclusion to many of the relief programs including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans they approved in March, leaders in Congress are not currently negotiating another phase of federal relief. 

MASSCreative joins national partners to call for a fourth relief bill to be passed immediately and that it include recovery programs for the creative community. We encourage Massachusetts advocates to join these national action alerts to email your members.

Spotlight: Third Data Release from Study on COVID-19 and Performing

A coalition of partners including the Chorus America, the League of American Orchestras, Music Teachers National Association, the National Federation of State High School Associations and arts educator groups across the country released a third report in their International Coalition Performing Arts Aerosol Study. 

The study conducted by the University of Colorado Boulder focuses on the distribution of respiratory aerosol that is generated while playing wind instruments, singing, action, speaking, dancing and in a simulated aerobic activity.

In addition to a preliminary report of the findings, the report includes recommendations on how to safely conduct performing arts activities including singing and playing wind and brass instruments. 

MASSCreative will be sharing the preliminary report with decision makers at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as the Reopening Advisory Board.

Learn more about the study and recommendations.

Virtual Policy & Action Updates

Every other Friday you can count on MASSCreative's Virtual Policy & Action Update Webinar to give you the information and action steps you need to be an effective advocate for the creative community. And its only 15 minutes!

Check out MASSCreative's November 13 Policy & Action Update

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