Creative Michigan Advocate March 2023 Digest

Michigan’s source for arts + creative industries advocacy. 
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2023 Federal Legislative Updates & Action Items

Attention Music Creators, Constituents & Advocates

The American Music Fairness Act (AMFA) has been reintroduced in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives! 

Let's keep last year's momentum going! Encourage Sens. Peters, Stabenow and your Federal Representatives to support Sens. Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in the Senate and Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) in the House in championing AMFA's reintroduction!

AMFA ensures that creators are paid for AM/FM radio plays by billion-dollar corporations. AMFA also protects small and collegiate radio by capping their artist pay out.

Review last year's progress when the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation.

Image Courtesy of Music First (Instagram.)

Want to draft your own letter/email? Click the buttons below for contact information.

Tomorrow! "ArtsU" Webinar on Spending Requests

Join Americans for the Arts' Government Affairs team for a special webinar exploring Congressionally Directed Spending Requests on Thursday, March 2 at 3 p.m. ET.

Speakers include Nolen Bivens, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Executive Director, Arts Action Fund, Tooshar Swain, Director of Public Policy, Americans for the Arts and Bill Harper, former Chief of Staff to Betty McCollum​​​​. Learn about the request process, best practices and examples of how nonprofit arts, governmental arts and arts education groups secured millions of dollars last year.

Statewide Legislative Updates & Action Items

Review District Representatives & Elected Officials
Before Cultural Advocacy Days!

Prepare for cultural advocacy meetings by familiarizing yourself with your elected officials and representatives. We keep a list of state representatives, officials and county commissioners here.

Introduce yourself, make an impression and start networking! Take a moment to introduce yourself and share your interests!

 2023 Spring Advocacy Events

  Cultural Advocacy Day at the State Capitol

2023 Cultural Advocacy Day in Lansing!

Join fellow nonprofit leaders, elected officials and policymakers from throughout the state at this advocacy and networking event to discuss issues affecting Michigan’s nonprofit sector.

In-Person Tickets SOLD OUT. Virtual Tickets Still Available for $5.

Meet with your state legislators and promote the value of arts and culture in Michigan! The cost to register is $35 per individual. For CAN members, registration is $25. Click the button to the right for virtual tickets!

Invited speakers include the Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist and The Honorable Sarah Anthony.

2023 Arts + Culture Advocacy Day - Still Time to Register!

Join Cultural Advocacy Network of Michigan to meet with your state legislators and promote the value of arts and culture!
The schedule is as follows:

  • March 7 - Legislative Reception: more details to come.

  • March 14 - from 12 p.m 1- p.m. Cultural Advocacy Network of Michigan Advocacy Day 101 Webinar

  • March 17 - from 8 - 4 p.m. Legislative Meetings:  Meet with your State Representatives and State Senators via Zoom

$35 for regular ticket, $25 for members.

Invite Your State Representatives to Join Arts + Cultural Caucuses!

Encourage State Legislators to Join Arts + Creative Industry Caucuses

Encourage your state representatives to join Michigan Arts and Cultural Caucuses including the Michigan Legislative Creative Caucus. If you cannot meet in person on March 7, write a letter introducing your community's arts and cultural committees and organizations to your new legislators. Make an impression!

Surveys, Reports & Reading/Watching

Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA)'s Public Policy Survey

Take the survey now. 10-15 minutes to complete.

How Nonprofits Can Secure Congressional Funds

Watch the video here.

Submit Project Request to Congress via Council of Michigan Foundations

Complete the form for FY24 requests.

New Census Bureau District Profiles of the 118th Congress

Access the data report here.

Remember the Future: Culture and Systems Change

Read the articles by Nonprofit Quarterly

Women Leaders of Color are Leaving Arts Groups. Here's How to Change That.

Read more.

Olney Culture Lab: Reflections from The Olney Embrance Projects - Wolf Brown

Read the report.

Survey Interest Form: Michigan Nonprofit Relief Fund - Regional Hubs

Click here to complete.

Finally, Support for Small Nonprofits That Kept Communities Together During the Pandemic
 Read the story by Model D.

SMU Data Arts - The Top 40 Most Arts-Vibrant Communities of 2022

Read the report.

Nonprofit Relief Fund - Intent to Apply Open!

Michigan nonprofits may be eligible to receive a one-time grant ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 as soon as this Spring/Summer to go towards pandemic recovery. On Feb. 17, The Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) opened the "intent to apply" online form. Check your eligibility and learn more about the fund.

National & Statewide Grants


State of Michigan/Regional

Additional Resources

That's all for now. We'll be back next month! ✌️

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