COVID-19 Advocacy: Reach out to your Legislators

With public health and safety amid COVID-19 a top priority of the legislature, we're looking for unique messages to be sent to legislators regarding impact to the creative community. At this time, we're not activating our automatic messaging tool that you may be used to. Stay tuned.

Contact your MA Legislators:

Talking points:

  • Thank your legislator for keeping public health and safety a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. (This is a crisis across the entire population and your elected representatives and their staff are overwhelmed, as we all are. Be respectful of that in all communications.)
  • Share your story about how COVID-19 has impacted you or your organization.
  • Encourage your State Senator and Representative to include arts and cultural organizations, artists, and independent contractors in all government stimulus, emergency funding, and economic recovery efforts.

Additional context:

  • Right now, the MA Legislature is working to develop legislation that will support longer term economic recovery in the Commonwealth. Some initiatives that work for small businesses, like low interest loans, do not work for performance organizations that have lost half their annual revenue with no possible way of earning it back. Unemployment insurance does not apply to those who are self-employed or work in the gig economy. Lawmakers need to hear from you as they draft emergency legislation in response to the economic impact of this public health emergency. So please share your story and encourage your State Senator and Representative to include arts and cultural organizations, artists, and independent contractors in all government stimulus, emergency funding, and economic recovery efforts. 

 

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