On January 19, 2022, the U.S. Home Small Enterprise Committee held the first ever hearing dedicated to the creative economy. Led by Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Rating Member Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), the committee, working just about, heard testimony from 4 witnesses representing totally different segments of the inventive workforce. As many as 450 folks watched the video stream in real-time and over 4,200 folks have seen the listening to because it occurred, making it one of many high hearings this committee has produced in recent times. Congressional attendance for this 12 months was robust as effectively, with 16 committee members attending (out of 27) and equally represented with eight from every occasion.
The listening to explored each the influence of COVID-19 on the inventive financial system, and the assorted factors of connection to federal help to small companies for restoration and long-term help for progress. Citing analysis compiled by People for the Arts, the Nationwide Meeting of State Arts Companies (NASAA), SMU DataArts, and others, the comprehensive committee memo to its members famous, “… the inventive industries are among the many most dynamic sectors within the American financial system offering new alternatives for creating cities and entrepreneurs. Not solely do these organizations and enterprises create jobs inside their very own business, however in addition they stimulate financial actions in different sectors, attracting tourism, and making a local weather conducive to enterprise growth.”
On the invitation of the committee, People for the Arts offered testimony, as did NASAA, the Affiliation of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), CERF+, and different nationwide arts service organizations, and continues to work with the committee to advance the small business-related laws referring to the seven creative economy bills at the moment into account by Congress.
The Americans for the Arts statement to the committee offered broad views on the worth of the inventive financial system and shared analysis on the influence of COVID-19 on the sector. The assertion additionally included a U.S. Conference of Mayors Resolution in help of the Artistic Economic system Revitalization Act (HR 5019, S.2858) and a letter from 113 Chambers of Commerce from 46 states supporting congressional motion to deal with restoration of inventive financial system.
Following the listening to, Chairwoman Velázquez and committee member Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) submitted a letter to Small Business Administration head Isabel Guzman noting the listening to and searching for a gathering to debate additional help for arts and cultural companies by extending the timeframe for the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant (SVOG) program and releasing $2 billion in undistributed funds from that program to fight the continued monetary impacts of COVID-19.
People for the Arts encourages all arts advocates to take motion immediately to help the inventive financial system! Listed here are some methods you may advocate for the humanities proper now: