Congress is quickly deciding the contents of a massive COVID-19 relief bill. It's time for the choral community across the U.S. to speak up for the artists and arts organizations that have been affected by COVID-19.
Take one minute to personalize the Performing Arts Alliance's COVID-19 campaign to contact Congress today.
In partnership with our advocacy partners and national arts and culture organizations, Chorus America is calling for the following critical areas of federal assistance to be included in this third relief package:
- Support dedicated COVID-19 relief funding for the arts sector, administered by the National Endowment for the Arts, and full access to other forms of direct COVID relief provided to the nonprofit sector.
- Activate nationwide Disaster Unemployment Assistance for workers, including self-employed individuals and independent contractors who are sick, quarantined, furloughed, laid off, or whose individual or family circumstances have changed as a result of COVID-19 or government containment efforts. Many arts workers may not otherwise have access to state unemployment benefits.
- Streamline the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance program and provide loan forgiveness options.
- Support multiple forms of enhanced incentives for charitable giving that supports the full breadth of the charitable sector, including an above-the-line tax deduction available to all taxpayers, whether they itemize returns or not.
Even if you have already contacted your Members of Congress earlier this week, please speak up again today. Let them know that COVID-19 relief for arts organizations and all those that make a living from the arts is essential.
Thank you for your important advocacy.