The COVID crisis is devastating Wisconsin’s creative economy. Without continued and expanded federal relief, the sector’s immediate and long-term viability is in jeopardy.
The U.S. Congress will be back in session in September, so we need to encourage them to invest in creative businesses and people. Here are the ways you can make your voice heard:
- Send a message to Gov. Evers and members of the State Legislature to encourage relief and stimulus funding for the creative sector.
- Your creative business (for profit and nonprofit) should sign on as a supporter of Arts Wisconsin’s COVID Relief Policy Platform for the Creative Sector. Click here to sign on.
- Send a message as an individual through Americans for the Arts Arts Action Fund. If your business is signed on as a supporter, you can also sign on as an individual.
Arts Wisconsin has joined Americans for the Arts and nearly 100 national arts organizations and state arts alliances on a joint policy agenda to bring to every member of Congress. We’re demanding stronger federal support for creative businesses, for profit, nonprofit, and microbusinesses (self-employed, sole proprietors, partnerships, freelancers, and LLCs); continuation of expanded unemployment benefits; increased incentives for charitable giving; and federal assistance in offsetting state and local revenue shortfalls.
Click here for Arts Wisconsin’s COVID Relief Policy Platform for the Creative Sector, which has been sent to Wisconsin’s congressional delegation and members of the State Legislature. Over 220 creative businesses throughout the state have already signed onto this policy platform. We’ll continue to update and send to legislators as the list of supporters grows.
We need your voice now. Please let your representatives know that you support this policy agenda and urge them to take action to invest in the creative sector in Wisconsin and across the country.
Background info: Before the effects of the coronavirus pandemic took hold throughout the state and the country, Wisconsin’s creative sector provided a $10.1 billion economic benefit and employed over 96,000 people (more jobs than the state’s beer, biotech, and papermaking industries), according to the U.S. Department of Commerce (click here for more info).
This sector of the economy has now been particularly hard-hit because of shutdowns and cancellations of almost all live events in the state, and, the likelihood that these live events won’t really come back until there is widespread treatment or a vaccine. The negative economic impact of the pandemic on for-profit and non-profit creative businesses in Wisconsin is currently over $34 million, according to Americans for the Arts (click here for info). Over ⅔ of the state’s creative workforce is now unemployed and these performers, artists, and other creative workers have no prospects for work in their profession for the foreseeable future.
Get in touch with Arts Wisconsin at 608 255 8316 | firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss. Thanks for taking action!