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UPDATE: AB 580 Passes Arts Committee on 4/9

CalNonprofits is glad to share that AB 580 has passed out of Assembly Arts Committee. Passing out of the Arts committee gives the bill an important stamp of approval and moves it one step closer to becoming law. CalNonprofits has come on as co-sponsors for this historic bill and we're proud to work with Californians for the Arts (also co-sponsors) and a growing number of other organizations to move this bill forward. 

John John Gallogly of Theater West and board member of Californians for the Arts responded by saying: "I'm especially grateful to Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian for his leadership on AB 580 and Chairman Calderon for the thoughtful discussion and his fond memories of early arts experiences and the effect it had on him. It was clear that the committee understood the enormous impact that restoring funding to the CA Arts Council will have on all Californians."

Historic Bill for Arts Funding

CalNonprofits is excited to partner with Californians for the Arts to support AB 580, an important piece of legislation introduced by Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian (D-LA County) that would guarantee $75 Million per year in state funding for the California Arts Council (CAC). The CAC is the state agency responsible for funding nonprofit arts and culture organizations in California. Since 2003 the CAC's budget has been slashed, pushing California to 49th in public arts funding, spending just $0.03 per Californian. 

caartscouncilboxAB 580 will bring California arts funding to nearly $2.00 per person, making California 12th in the   nation. California's nonprofit arts organizations and the communities they serve will benefit immensely from the boost in funding. 

The bill will have its first hearing on April 9th at 9am before the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Media. CalNonprofits' Director of Public Policy, Kris Lev-Twombly, will testify on behalf of California's nonprofit sector and CalNonprofits board member Kris Sinclair will testify on behalf of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. Also testifying are John Gallogly, Executive Director for Theater West, and Marie Acosta, Executive Director for La Raza Galeria Posada.

This hearing is an important step forward for AB 580 and we encourage you to support the bill. You can find resources and suggested action here.


+1 # Alisha Ehrlich 2013-04-10 11:22
I support funding our arts
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+1 # Christian Cagigal 2013-04-10 10:40
I'm a 37 year old California native who has dedicated his life to the arts: performing, writing, studying and supporting it. I'm in the generation of people that grew up experiencing constant attacks to arts education and organizations. "Our budget has been cut," is the only phrase I grew up hearing and continue to hear now. And yet, California is one of the richest economies in the nation, if not the world. We have been a center of art, entertainment and now tech (which also makes and distributes art and entertainment) for decades. And, the demographic coming to live and work in California is becoming more financially comfortable, if not well off. I can't image there isn't enough money or tax revenue to bring CA back to a decent standard of spending on the Arts. The Arts ARE the culture that makes up any population. It is a service. An expression. Starts conversation. Brings change. And, attracts other revenue to restaurants, bars, stores, etc. Please make this bill a reality .
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