Hollywood Stars and Arts Leaders Thank Governor Newsom For Signing $50 Million Into Law To Provide Immediate Financial Relief to Small Performing Arts Organizations with Annual Budgets Less Then $2 Million
Hollywood Stars and Arts Leaders came out to attend a historic press conference to thank Governor Gavin Newsom for signing into law $50 million in immediate financial relief to small performing arts organizations in the state of California with annual budgets under $2 million, which includes $500,000 to set up Payroll Services to support State Senator Susan Rubio’s (D, Baldwin Park) Senate Bill 805 (SB 805), “Save The Performing Arts Act of 2021.” The press conference, which was also attended by SB 805 Coalition Members, was held on Monday, August 16, 2021, at The Fountain Theatre, an award-winning venue, located at 5060 Fountain Avenue (at Normandie Avenue), Los Angeles, CA 90028. These funds will be made available to qualifying small performing arts organizations applying.
SB 805 will direct the California Arts Council to establish the California Nonprofit Performing Arts Paymaster, which will provide low-cost payroll and paymaster services to SNPACs. This legislation will establish the Performing Arts Equitable Payroll Fund to ensure that SNPACs can pay all workers minimum wage, particularly workers in marginalized communities. Small nonprofit theaters are incubators for playwrights, actors, designers, directors, and other artists. They have historically provided networking opportunities and mentorship for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color artists to facilitate connections necessary for career advancement by providing performance experience that helps to open doors to larger, less accessible companies. Furthermore, SNPACs contribute to the economic growth, social well-being, and cultural vitality of the local communities they serve.
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