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Ask federal legislators to support arts funding in final session of 2020

As Congress convenes for the final days of this legislative session, your support is needed to ask our New Jersey Congressional representatives to pass the FY21 federal budget and consider additional forms of COVID-19 federal assistance that will help New Jersey’s arts community. The email we've prepared contains several recommendations, many of which were included in a leaner version of the HEROES Act passed by the House in early October.

These last days of the Congressional session are important to assure funding for our cultural agencies and to voice your support of any additional federal stimulus that will sustain the arts sector during this extremely challenging time.

Please feel free to edit the suggested email and add a personal story that describes how federal support is important to your livelihood, your community, and your local arts organizations.

Act now to urge CARES support for arts and cultural organizations

The time for creative groups to receive CARES funds is running out. All allocations and reallocations will be made by December 30. Please take a moment to act NOW and ask your state legislators to support a bill that will help our industry survive closures and postponements that occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

This message thanks your NJ state legislators for their support of arts, history, and tourism in the FY21 NJ State Budget and requests their sponsorship and support of S2914/A4691, which would provide $10 million of state CARES support for arts and cultural organizations that suffered losses because of the pandemic.

Thank Governor Murphy for Maintaining the Level of Arts, History, and Tourism Appropriations in FY21 Budget

On August 25 Governor Murphy proposed the revised FY21 NJ State Budget and maintained the appropriations he proposed back in February for arts, history, and tourism.

It is important to thank Governor Murphy for recognizing the value of arts, history, and tourism to our state’s recovery from the pandemic, and to the lives of New Jersey residents and visitors.

An important part of any advocacy effort is to say thank you when your voice is heard. Please take a moment to send this note of gratitude to the Governor, re-emphasizing how important arts, history, and tourism is to life in our great state.

Federal Action to Support Arts in COVID Relief

Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund are standing up for the arts in America during COVID-19!

YOU can make a difference by taking action. Request your members of Congress include substantial additional dedicated COVID-19 relief funding—to be administered by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and Institute of Museum and Library Services—to help offset the losses of the nonprofit arts industry.