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Urge Congress to Cosponsor the CREATE Act

On Arts Advocacy Day, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) announced new legislation to strengthen the creative economy to a crowd of over 500 arts advocates.

Entitled Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act (S.2648), the comprehensive bill aims to better support our nation's creative economy and builds off of research of numerous economic studies, including Arts and Economic Prosperity findings.

Through minor adjustments to existing federal programs in agencies like the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Treasury, the legislation takes steps to better invest in our country's workforce and creative economy, while recognizing artists as contributors to the small business community. It does this through three titles: 1) Support for artists and entrepreneurs; 2) Support for the creative economy, and 3) Creative community development.

Provisions include direction that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) works with micro-lenders, traditional lenders, and regulators to ensure that artists and entrepreneurs have access to micro-loans and that loan program criteria are not discriminatory toward arts-related businesses. There is also a requirement that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and Rural Development Administration ensure that traditional economic development tools, such as incubators and grant programs, support the arts industry. The legislation also includes a demonstration project to promote the creative arts in local economic planning and support to artists trying to get back on their feet after a disaster.

Read more about the bill in this op-ed in The Hill authored by Sen. Udall and Robert L. Lynch, president & CEO of Americans for the Arts. Linked here is the Senator's press release, and here is a one-pager from the Senator.
 

- See more at: http://www.americansforthearts.org/news-room/legislative-news/sen-tom-udall-d-nm-introduces-create-act-to-support-the-creative-economy#sthash.OsdeJ9Hw.dpuf

On Arts Advocacy Day, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) announced new legislation to strengthen the creative economy to a crowd of over 500 arts advocates.

Entitled Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act (S.2648), the comprehensive bill aims to better support our nation's creative economy and builds off of research of numerous economic studies, including Arts and Economic Prosperity findings.

Through minor adjustments to existing federal programs in agencies like the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Treasury, the legislation takes steps to better invest in our country's workforce and creative economy, while recognizing artists as contributors to the small business community. It does this through three titles: 1) Support for artists and entrepreneurs; 2) Support for the creative economy, and 3) Creative community development.

Provisions include direction that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) works with micro-lenders, traditional lenders, and regulators to ensure that artists and entrepreneurs have access to micro-loans and that loan program criteria are not discriminatory toward arts-related businesses. There is also a requirement that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and Rural Development Administration ensure that traditional economic development tools, such as incubators and grant programs, support the arts industry. The legislation also includes a demonstration project to promote the creative arts in local economic planning and support to artists trying to get back on their feet after a disaster.

Read more about the bill in this op-ed in The Hill authored by Sen. Udall and Robert L. Lynch, president & CEO of Americans for the Arts. Linked here is the Senator's press release, and here is a one-pager from the Senator.
 

- See more at: http://www.americansforthearts.org/news-room/legislative-news/sen-tom-udall-d-nm-introduces-create-act-to-support-the-creative-economy#sthash.OsdeJ9Hw.dpuf
On Arts Advocacy Day 2019, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) announced the reintroduction of legislation to strengthen the creative economy. Entitled the Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act, the bill aims to better support our nation's creative economy and builds off of research of numerous economic studies, including the findings of the Arts and Economic Prosperity study and Creative Industries reports.

Through minor adjustments to existing federal programs in agencies like the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Treasury, the legislation takes steps to better invest in our country's workforce and creative economy, while recognizing artists as contributors to the small business community. The U.S. Senate bill is S. 650 and the U.S. House bill is H.R. 1519.


Through minor adjustments to existing federal programs, the legislation takes steps to better invest in our country’s workforce and creative industries, while empowering the entrepreneurial spirit of artists and encouraging their role as contributors to the small business community. Primarily, the bill aims to support the people who comprise the creative economy—artists and creative entrepreneurs—by:
  • Expanding programs at the Small Business Administration (SBA) to increase microloans, business loans, and technical assistance for artists and entrepreneurs in the arts;
  • Ensuring access to FEMA's disaster relief assistance for artists impacted by natural disasters;
The CREATE Act supports creative community development, improving the places each of us calls home through provisions including:
  • Requiring the Economic Development Administration (EDA) ensure that traditional economic development tools, such as incubators and grant programs, support the creative economy throughout the country;
  • Expanding the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Administration to include arts-focused economic development;
  • Adding a new priority to the Housing & Community Development Act to include arts-based community development and creative placemaking;
  • Creating an Artist Corps to increase national service through the arts, as called for in the Serve America Act.
The CREATE Act seeks to amend and enhance federal regulations surrounding the creative economy by:
  • Improving the visa processing time for foreign guest artists and U.S. nonprofit arts organizations; and 
  • Developing a model to promote the creative arts in local economic initiatives, such as cultural district planning.
Take two minutes now to urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the CREATE Act!
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