Relief for New York City's Arts & Culture Community

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Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer signed this petition

As we all know, the arts community is vital to the economy of New York City. There is no industry that brings more revenue into the City of New York than the arts and culture sector. The artists and arts organizations that make New York City the place it is are often surviving on the margins, without much in savings or reserves, and are greatly threatened by COVID-19. Forced to shut their doors and cease all programming, exhibitions, and events, many are unsure when or if they will be able to open again.  

We are asking for New York City’s cultural institutions, arts non-profits, artists, and creative workers to be supported by current relief efforts and included in the Business Stimulus package, which would include:

1.) Immediately providing all of New York City's cultural institutions that were awarded funding for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 to be immediately advanced funding for programs and general operating support for the year.

2.) Allowing organizations to utilize all of their DCLA, DYCD and discretionary funding for general operating support.

3.) Commit to the same level of funding for all DCLA, DYCD AND discretionary funding in FY2019/20 for FY 2020/21. 

4.) Waiving all space rental and utility costs for organizations on City-Owned property.

5.) To provide relief funding up to 50% for organizations who have lost earned income through admissions, planned galas, space rental, memberships, touring exhibitions, and educational programs.

6.) Commit to rolling over and preserving all capital commitments into the following Fiscal year and committing to provide additional contingency costs as a result of delays caused by COVID-19.

We know that we as a city will get through the challenges that the COVID-19 virus has brought and through your support we are confident that the arts and cultural community will be there to assist through this hard time as only the arts can do and we will be proud to welcome back New Yorkers and our global visitors back to their cultural home. 

Join members of the New York City Council and arts organizations across the city in calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City of New York to guarantee that our arts & culture community receives the relief that need to reopen their doors. 

Stronger Together,

Jimmy Van Bramer (Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries, & International Intergroup Relations / District 26 - Queens)

Laurie Cumbo (Majority Leader / District 35 - Brooklyn)

Steven Levin (District 33 - Brooklyn)

Carlina Rivera (District 2 - Manhattan)

Carlos Menchaca (District 38- Brooklyn)

Farah N. Louis (District 45 - Brooklyn)

Antonio Reynoso (District 34 - Brooklyn/Queens)

Brad Lander (District 39 - Brooklyn)

Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. (District 36 - Brooklyn)

Adrienne Adams (District 28 - Queens)

Diana Ayala (District 8 - Manhattan/Bronx)

Rory I. Lancman (District 24 - Queens)

Peter Koo (District 20 - Queens)

Keith Powers (District 4 - Manhattan)

Margaret S. Chin (District 1 - Manhattan)

Deborah Rose (District 49 - Staten Island)

Inez Barron (District 42 - Brooklyn)