Creative Michigan Advocate May 2023 Digest

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 Federal Legislative Updates & Action Items

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH)

Photo Credit Getty Images.

Pictured: President Biden and co-chairs of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Lady Gaga and Bruce Cohen.

President Biden Appoints Members to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities

On April 13, President Biden appointed artists and policy leaders to the reestablished President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH). The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) was founded in 1982 by executive order to advise the president on cultural policy. The first lady has historically served as honorary chair of the committee, which is composed of members appointed by the president.

Appointees include:

  • Jon Batiste

  • George Clooney

  • Lady Gaga

  • Jennifer Garner

  • Anna Deavere Smith

  • Kerry Washington

  • Pauline Yu

Click here to find a complete list of committee members including biographies and photos.

The PATPA Act is Back! Ask your Federal
Representative to Support Reintroduction in the House!

Photo Credit to Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty "Opening day of the 115th Congress." 

Image Courtesy of Rep. Chu Twitter.

The Performing Arts Tax Parity Act (PATPA) Reintroduced in the House

On April 19, Reps. Chu (CA-28) and Buchanan (FL-16) reintroduced the PATPA bipartisan legislation, which aims to revise the current Qualified Performing Artist tax deduction, reinstating the ability for actors and performers from the working class to deduct their job-related expenses. As of now, there is no assigned bill or committee; we will keep you updated as we learn more.

Read the press release here.

Read the full legislation text here.

We encourage you to reference the above press release and legislation, when you contact your federal representative. Make the case for why you, as a performing artist, would experience relief from this bill. Encourage your representative to build on the momentum by co-endorsing this reintroduction! For more context, Broadway News has an in depth report of the positive impact of this legislation.

Statewide Updates & Action Items

Get Coffee with your State Senator or Representative!

Now is the perfect time to set up a coffee meeting with your state senator or state representative. We have a list of "asks" below based on combined input from the Cultural Advocacy Network of Michigan and Creative Michigan Advocate:

  • Include the arts + creative industries as a sector within Michigan boards, commissions and agencies including the MEDC Executive Committee, MI Workforce, MI State Board of Education and the MI Department of Health & Human Services.

  • Introduce legislation to change or add tax-based funding resources for the arts + creative industries.

  • Support the Michigan Arts & Culture Council - request to restore funding to its previous level at $30 million.

  • Reintroduce legislation that solidifies art therapy as an integrative mental health services profession by requiring licensure and/ or credentialing to afford this field the same protections as all medical services. More ideas here.

Apply for the Michigan Nonprofit Relief Fund by May 5!

Take Advantage of Critical Nonprofit Sector Relief!

Until Friday, May 5, nonprofit organizations can apply for funding to support essential services and functions. To learn more about eligibility and guidelines, register and create an account. Note: Nonprofits do not need to be an MNA member to be eligible.

Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is offering application assistance and virtual office hours on May 2. Learn more!

2023 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit at Interlochen Center for the Arts on May 9

Access the full schedule here.

Free for members or $30 for non-members.

Artists, Leaders, Organizations & Entrepreneurs Gather to Further Region’s Creative Sector! 

Artists of all disciplines, arts & cultural organizations, creative entrepreneurs and community builders will gather to further the arts at the 2023 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit on Tuesday May 9 at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. The regional summit is a professional development day held annually to strengthen relationships, share resources, learn and continue collaborating to build the ten-county arts and culture network. Panels, keynotes and hands-on breakout sessions will feature more than 25 state, regional and local speakers, including representatives from Michigan Arts & Culture Council, Michigan Presenters Association, Americans for the Arts and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Surveys, Reports & Reading/Watching

Pandemic Relief is Ending, and What is Means to Nonprofits and Foundations

Read more.

"That's $1 Trillion with a "T"! Creative:Impact on WEMU 89.1 with Deb Polich and Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts

Listen here.

It's Time to Shift from Transactional DEI to Transformational Race Equity Work

Read more.

The Impact of Federal Funds on Music & Arts Education: Results from 2022 Survey

Read the survey results.

Michigan Humanities New Podcast "Michigan Stories"

Listen here to episodes.

State-Level Estimates of the Arts' Economic Value and Employment (2020-2021)

Access the report.

Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA)'s Public Policy Survey

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

National & Statewide Grants

Additional Resources

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

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