Preparing Your Organization and Your Donors for Shifts in the Charitable Tax Deduction

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.

A Recipe for Representation and Inclusiveness in the Arts

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Goya Foods, Inc. got its start in NYC and now collaborates with artists and arts organizations, like Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, to reflect its values in family, achieving the American dream, and helping cultivate Latin culture in the boroughs and beyond.

Arts Advocacy Day Is Coming

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.

DCINY presents Total Vocal, the fourth annual celebration of contemporary a cappella music featuring arrangements from Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off, Pitch Battle, and the American pop lexicon. The performance includes surprise celebrity guests, hosted and conducted by Deke Sharon, a pioneer of the contemporary a cappella genre. This performance will be streamed live via the DCINY Facebook Page.
 
PROGRAM: Contemporary all a cappella music featuring arrangements from Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off, Pitch Battle, and the American pop lexicon.
 
PERFORMERS:

Conductor Laureate Hilary Apfelstadt (University of Toronto) leads the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International in Italian composer Luigi Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor. The evening also includes a world premiere Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra by Greek composer Dinos Constantinides featuring DCINY General Director Iris Derke on flute, Kirsten Agresta Copely on harp under the direction of Maestro Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director.

Scholastic Corporation Provides World Class Platform for Youth Creativity

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Scholastic Corporation and partners host the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to elevate youth artists working through challenging current events, politics, identity, and emotions.

“Modern Kazakhstan Culture in the Global World,” a project of the Republic of Kazakhstan Ministry of Culture and Sport.  
 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY)

First elected in 2010, one of Governor Cuomo’s first actions was to establish 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations.

Culture Links is a unique platform that provides New Yorkers with a space to explore identity and culture while giving back to society. Exploring Identity Through Cuban Sound and Russian Art will feature the Afro Cuban sounds of Grammy award winner David Oquendo and the art of Russian painter Viktoriya Basina. The event will also feature a silent auction, specialty cocktails and Russian and Cuban cuisine.

For Artists, By Artists: Supporting Each Other Through Business

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

New York City’s own, artist and business owner Craig Costello—also known as KR—founded Krink, a company that surfaced in the 1990s as a response to the lack of appropriate tools and ink for graffiti artists.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19. 2018 at 7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

Maestro Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Head of Choral Studies at McGill University, leads the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Choir representing five countries in Maurice Duruflés greatest choral masterpiece, Requiem, Op. 9. DCINY Conductor James Meaders conducts Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s legendary Requiem with choir and orchestra.

PROGRAM:
MOZART: Requiem, K. 626
DURUFLÉ: Requiem, Op. 9

MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall

Bloomingdale School of Music
Presents
Roots and Branches: Jazz Explorations on World Music Traditions
 
Featuring Vocalist Jocelyn Medina
 with Jeremy Noller on Drums, Eric Phinney on Percussion,
Art Hirahara, on piano and Evan Gregor on Bass
 
FREE Concert
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:00pm
 

Performer Gio Mielle and theater director Debora Balardini will officially premiere Bother Line, an original one-woman performance produced by Nettles Artists Collective.

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