Arts + Policy

Arts + Policy


Long-awaited arts funding finally arriving

Long-awaited arts funding finally arriving

Mass. nets $100m so far; Boston Symphony receives $10m

MASSACHUSETTS ARTS appear to be big beneficiaries of $16 billion in federal relief aid that is finally starting to be released after a delayed start and an arduous review process. According to federal data on the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, 123 Massachusetts arts organizations have received more than $100 million so far, the seventh-highest(...)

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Mariano scores big victory on film tax credit

Mariano scores big victory on film tax credit

Tax break now permanent; no salary cap included

HOUSE SPEAKER Ron Mariano won a major victory in budget negotiations with the Senate as the January 2023 sunset date for the state’s film tax credit was eliminated and all the major financial incentives associated with the credit were retained. The one concession the House made to the Senate was acceptance of a provision requiring(...)

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Boch Center getting back on its feet

Boch Center getting back on its feet

Federal aid finally arrives, helping with reopening

MASSACHUSETTS’ CULTURAL economy stands among the industries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent lifting of coronavirus safety restrictions means arts, entertainment, and cultural institutions can finally begin the difficult task of rebuilding audiences. This requires significant financial investments of financial capital and time, but there is hope. After 14-plus months of quarantine and(...)

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Rebuilding the arts sector without a vow of poverty

Rebuilding the arts sector without a vow of poverty

COVID-19 provides opportunity to rethink the way arts are funded

LIKE MANY CREATIVES, Vanessa Calixto works in the arts to fill her heart and in another field to fill her bank account. It’s a tradeoff she accepts to do the work she loves, directing the Worcester-based creative group El Salón. El Salón is a group of organizers and creatives that creates spaces for BIPOC (Black,(...)

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Mass Reboot: The arts sector

Mass Reboot: The arts sector

COVID caused a cultural depression in the state

THE BOCH CENTER and the Dorchester Art Project are arts organizations from very different worlds, but both were hit hard by COVID and are now struggling to find their way back to some sense of normalcy post-pandemic.  The Boch Center, with its massive Wang Theater the setting for major touring theater productions visiting Boston, shut(...)

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Now not the time to hike PILOT payments for arts organizations

Now not the time to hike PILOT payments for arts organizations

The creative economy faces enough challenges already following pandemic devastation

BEFORE THE PANDEMIC, arts nonprofits in Boston were a potent driver of the local economy, supporting at least 45,889 full time jobs, generating over $1.3 billion in spending, and bringing in $34.9 million in local tax revenue annually.  But over the last year, they’ve sustained devastating economic losses. A survey of 314 arts organizations in(...)

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Senate proposal pares back film tax credit

Senate proposal pares back film tax credit

Backs more spending in Mass., lower subsidies for stars

THE SENATE BUDGET committee is proposing major changes to the film tax credit, setting the stage for a major clash with the House over the lucrative incentives the state offers to film and television production companies to shoot in Massachusetts. The House voted 160-0 in April to keep the existing film tax credit in place(...)

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Arts programming in Boston schools linked to attendance, engagement gains 

Arts programming in Boston schools linked to attendance, engagement gains 

Study finding follows decade-long effort to boost arts in district

A NEW STUDY says an effort to increase arts programming in the Boston Public Schools has helped boost student attendance and promote student and parent engagement with schools, outcomes that arts supporters say provide added rationale for maintaining or enhancing the role of arts in the schools.  For students receiving arts programming, the study found(...)

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Stark differences make many Mass. communities neighbors in name only 

Stark differences make many Mass. communities neighbors in name only 

Municipal boundaries often separate cities and towns with wide demographic differences 

IN 1847, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ordered that a line be drawn from the mouth of the Shawsheen River, down along its eastern bank, and “thence in a straight line westerly, to a marked stone in the wall … by Jacob Barnard’s house.” This formed the first two legs of the boundary of the new(...)

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