An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Revise CARES ACT 2 to be inclusive of Community Theatre

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Thank you for your efforts in bringing legislation to help all Americans in these difficult times. One aspect of the Cares Act 2 that is of great concern for me relates to the Save Our Stages portion of the bill. As this Act will be going into effect very soon, we implore you to do everything in your power to make sure that the verbiage that will protect community theatres is added to this as soon as possible. As you know, the act originated as a push to save live music venues. As such, wording about not paying artists by tips, or split of the door, remained in even after theatres were added into the eligible pool. This is a direct conflict with the very nature of community theatre whereby performers are volunteers. There are 7,000+ nonprofit community theatres in the U.S. putting millions into the national economy. These theatres, in communities from major cities to rural villages, have a combined budget of approximately $1 billion and engage more than 1.5 million volunteers, expressing their creativity through the art of theatre and engaging a combined audience of over 80,000,000 theatre goers of all ages. Our community theatre is a vibrant and well-respected part of the arts community. I do not understand why organizations like this would be specifically excluded from much-needed support. Community theatres’ budgets have been decimated by the shut down and they truly deserve your support. If you need additional information about our theatre, please contact me.

First sent on January 11 by AACT (American Association of Community Theatre)

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