On January 1, the 2018 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act went into effect, a substantial change to the U.S. tax code which has the potential to negatively impact arts and culture nonprofit organizations in a variety of ways. One of the most significant impacts will come in changes related to the thresholds and amounts associated with the charitable tax deduction. This 100-year-old provision was designed to stimulate giving to charities and other organizations serving the public good by providing an opportunity to claim a deduction as a reduction in an individual’s tax burden. While the repercussions of the federal tax code changes are still emerging, and corresponding shifts in state-by-state tax policy may impact your situation, the notes that follow are an introductory primer. If you have questions about state-level implications, we recommend you reach out to your state comptroller or state association of nonprofits.
Monday, February 12, 2018
Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch released a statement following the release of the Trump Administration’s proposed FY2019 budget.
Although years may really just be a number, in its 31 years, Arts Advocacy Day has seen six different U.S. presidents spanning both political parties. It’s witnessed sixteen different congressional sessions and eight different Speakers of the U.S. House. Through it all, every year, attendees hear that “the arts are bipARTtisan.” Because, no matter who’s in office, arts advocacy matters. Funding decisions are made every year. Who’s deciding this year may not be deciding next year. Who’s to remember what happened before? Who’s to know why it matters? Who’s to learn from each other? The answer is us. All of us. All of us together.
Arts Huntsville is celebrating the Rocket city's artsy engineers and scientists! Join Arts Huntsville at Rocket Roll, an #ArtsEdWeek celebration, held September 15th on Butler Green at Campus 805! This FREE event will feature a performance by rockin' nerds Foot Pound Force and STEAM interactive activities provided by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, HAL5, and Broadway Theatre League.
Seth Rudetsky, host of Sirius XM Satellite radio’s “On Broadway” will present his hilarious inside scoop of Broadway and its stars at Randolph School’s Thurber Arts Center on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7:00 p.m. Seth’s career as a musician, actor, writer and vocal coach allows him a unique perspective on what makes Broadway tick as he critiques, with tongue in cheek, its best and worst moments. For those of you who are theater lovers, this night is sure to be fantastic entertainment for you. Join us for a night of laughter and learning. Tickets are $25/adults and $15/students with ID.
The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is comprised of some of America’s top brass musicians, a veritable “dream team” of virtuoso players who have performed with some of the world’s most prominent groups. Their performances range from solo trumpet, to brass quintet, to the full ensemble with percussion, and include a wide range of music and styles. Randolph School’s Thurber Arts Center is privileged to introduce this diverse group of musicians to Huntsville on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 11, 2017
In the city of Huntsville, Alabama and the surrounding Madison County, the nonprofit arts and culture industry plays a vital role in the economy. Arts and Economic Prosperity 5, a new economic impact study by Americans for the Arts, measured the economic impact of arts nonprofits in Huntsville/Madison County, which was one of 341 study regions across the country.
Randolph School will serve as a hub for the Huntsville community in celebrating National Arts in Education Week beginning this September, 2017 with our “Celebrating the Arts.” In this inaugural year, we feature visual artist Dan Dunn, musical artists of The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, and theater artist and satellite radio show host Seth Rudetsky.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released reports with detailed views of IMLS funding for the past six years (FY 2011 through FY 2016) for every state across the nation and the District of Columbia, including total dollars and counts of IMLS grants and awards, as well as amounts of grantee matches or state government maintenance of effort levels.
When recently asked how best to advocate for the arts in the current environment, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (NM)—co-chair of the Senate Cultural Caucus and chief sponsor of the CREATE Act—was unequivocal: “Start by telling every one of your Senators about the economic benefits of the arts.” This familiar refrain is one we have heard for decades from city council chambers to governor mansions to the halls of Congress—and it works. Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 does just that. It changes the conversation about the arts from that of a “charity” to one about an “industry” that provides both cultural and economic benefits to the community.
Study Demonstrates That Nonprofit Arts Are An Economic, Employment Powerhouse
Saturday, June 17, 2017
A new national study by Americans for the Arts finds that the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion in economic activity in 2015—$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related spending by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in government revenue.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will share her thoughts on the role of the arts in today's political climate
Monday, May 8, 2017
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will share her thoughts on the role of the arts in today's political climate in the June 17 keynote plenary session at Americans for the Arts' Annual Convention.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Americans for the Arts president and CEO Robert L. Lynch issued a statement following the signing of the bipartisan agreement.
Fifth National Arts and Culture Economic Impact Study to be Released June 17
Friday, May 5, 2017
Now is the time to preorder study publications detailing results of the fifth national Arts Economic & Prosperity study, with data from 341 partners across the country to share with stakeholders in your community, including mayors, board members, business and community leaders and other elected officials.
The NEA is the only arts funder in America, public or private, that supports the arts in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. The NEA also has an exemplary partnership with the states, with 40 percent of program funds distributed through state arts agencies. This federal-state partnership supports tens of thousands of grants in communities all throughout the U.S.
For more info, years of NEA’s grants are also fully searchable online.
Arts and cultural economic activity accounted for 4.2 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product—$729.6 billion—in 2014
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Sure, Broadway and Hollywood employ lots of creative people. But when it comes to artistic and cultural work, not all the action is on the coasts. New data show arts and culture account for a larger share of jobs in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado than they do nationally. For the first time, the Bureau of Economic Analysis has produced statistics spotlighting the economic impact of arts and cultural activities in each state and the District of Columbia.