New Jersey’s arts industry is hurting post COVID-19. We know we are not alone, but it will be a while before our sector even partially recovers. The venues that display the state’s artistic talents are extremely vulnerable to financial collapse and will require new ways to operate in order to comply with emerging public health standards. In the meantime, it is especially important for your voice to be heard by elected officials in support of the arts in New Jersey.
When Governor Murphy released the NJ State Budget proposal earlier this year, he proposed a $3 million increase in the appropriation to the NJ State Council on the Arts. In the meantime, drastic cuts across the board are proposed by the administration to keep the government operating over the next 90 days and offset equally drastic losses of state revenue due to COVID-19. If alternative strategies are not negotiated, or federal funds for state and local budgets are not delivered to address those shortfalls, massive budget reductions may stand in an FY21 budget that will be finalized by September 30.
Take time NOW to voice your support for arts funding in the NJ State Budget. The pre-filled email covers talking points and has room for your personal story. Laid off? Furloughed? Lost revenue? Now is the time to let your elected officials know that your job counts, and that a healthy nonprofit arts industry is key to New Jersey’s recovery from this crisis. Use our arts impact data to help tell your personal story, and don’t forget to let ArtPride know if you receive feedback from your state elected officials.
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