Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Government

Application process for Shuttered Venue Operators Grants will not restart this week

The application process for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants will not reopen by this weekend, a spokesperson for the Small Business Administration told Broadway...

SBA suspends start of Shuttered Venue Grant program due to technical difficulties

Hours after applications opened Thursday, the Small Business Administration temporarily halted the start of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. The portal to apply for...

New York State budget includes tax credits for Broadway, grants for businesses

The New York State budget includes tax credits, grant programs and other measures aimed at helping restart the Broadway industry.  The budget, which was passed...

SBA opens Shuttered Venue grant program

The Small Business Administration will open applications Thursday for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, which could bring up to $10 million to eligible...

SBA to open Save Our Stages applications on April 8

The Small Business Administration announced Friday that applications for Save Our Stages grants will open on April 8, 2021. The program, also known as the...

Save Our Stages gains additional funding ahead of program’s opening

The Save Our Stages program gained supplemental funding from the recently passed stimulus package.  The American Rescue Plan earmarked an additional $1.25 billion for the...

Actors’ Equity praises passage of new stimulus bill

Actors' Equity praised the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act Wednesday, citing several measures that should help Broadway's workforce.  The $1.9 trillion relief plan...

New York City’s arts, entertainment sector hardest hit by pandemic, report says

Employment among New York City workers in the arts, entertainment and recreation sectors fell 66% between December 2019 and December 2020, according to a...

Broadway unions lobby New York state for COBRA subsidy renewal

The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds is lobbying New York state to include healthcare provisions, including COBRA subsidies, in the upcoming budget.  With most...

Theatrical unions unveil diversity, equity and inclusion agenda

Theatrical union leaders put forward a legislative agenda Thursday aimed at increasing diversity, equity and inclusion within the arts industry.  In a joint press conference...

Gov. Cuomo looks to theater reopenings with testing, pop-up events

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo laid out a framework Monday for reopening Broadway theaters and other indoor venues. While Cuomo could not provide a...

SBA updates guidance and eligibility for Save Our Stages grants

The Small Business Administration has changed its guidance on who is eligible to apply for Save Our Stages grants.  After initially stating that only small...

Broadway League offers theaters as vaccination sites

The Broadway League is joining other live events organizations in offering theaters and staff to aid in vaccination efforts.  In a letter to President Joe...

IATSE president offers union members to help build vaccination centers

International IATSE President Matthew Loeb has formally offered the services of union members to speed up vaccination efforts.  In a letter addressed to President Joe...

Actors’ Equity warns delay in vaccination efforts will hurt theater industry restart

Actors' Equity spoke out against stalled vaccinations in New York Thursday, saying a delay in vaccinations would lead to a delay in restarting the...

Gov. Cuomo proposes tax credits for theatrical productions in New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed new tax credits Tuesday to help restart theatrical productions in New York.  As part of the budget for the upcoming fiscal...

Broadway industry members await guidelines on Save Our Stages legislation

Members of the Broadway community are awaiting further guidance on Save Our Stages legislation after the passage of the landmark relief bill last month.  Save...

Gov. Cuomo outlines plan to accelerate return of theater and the arts

Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a plan Tuesday to stage outdoor concerts and create jobs for artists this winter in an effort to accelerate the...

Broadway community applauds relief package, but says more is needed

While the theater community celebrates the inclusion of the Save Our Stages provision in the stimulus package, leaders say there is still more to...

Congress passes $900 billion stimulus package, including Save Our Stages

After months of negotiation, Congress passed a $900 billion stimulus bill that includes the Save Our Stages provision.  The provision, which has received bipartisan support...

Senate holds hearing on aid for theater and live entertainment sector

In a congressional hearing Tuesday, venue owners, senators and members of the entertainment community testified about the need for relief for the live entertainment...

New York to receive 170,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine by mid-December

New York expects to receive 170,000 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine by Dec. 15, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.  In a press conference, Cuomo said...

Broadway sees possibility for federal aid post-election

With the majority of votes tallied in the presidential election, Broadway industry leaders are hopeful that Congress will now pass a second relief bill...

Broadway rallies behind Biden ahead of election day

The Broadway community traditionally rallies behind political causes and presidential elections.  But during this election season, with the industry shut down, a pandemic raging and...

Sen. Chuck Schumer continues the push for Save Our Stages

The Save Our Stages Act appeared in a new bill this week, as Democratic Senators looked to counter a proposal put forward by Senate...

Save Our Stages re-emerges in new Senate small business bill

The Save Our Stages Act has re-emerged in a new Senate Democrat relief bill aimed specifically at small businesses. The $370 billion bill, entitled the...

Trump halts stimulus negotiations, postponing possible theater industry relief

President Trump said he will stop negotiations on another stimulus package until after the election.  In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, Trump directed his representatives to...

House votes to pass revised Heroes Act with Save Our Stages measure

The House voted Thursday to approve the revised Heroes Act, which contains a provision to help the Broadway industry.  The new version of the Heroes...

Broadway leaders applaud inclusion of Save Our Stages in revised Heroes Act

The Save Our Stages Act has made it into the latest version of the House Democrats' Heroes Act.  The provision would provide $10 billion in...

Actors’ Equity backs new Senate COBRA subsidy bill

Actors' Equity praised the introduction of a new bill that would offer 100% COBRA health insurance subsidies to workers who have lost coverage during...

Actors’ Equity endorses Joe Biden for president

In a rare endorsement, Actors' Equity said it is backing Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. This is the second endorsement Actors' Equity has...

Senator Schumer calls for federal aid for Broadway in Times Square rally

U.S. Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Broadway leaders gathered in Times Square Friday to show support for the Save Our Stages Act.  The bipartisan...

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society backs Biden in first presidential endorsement

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society said Tuesday that its is endorsing Joe Biden for president. This is the first time the union has backed...

Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters not allowed to reopen under Phase 4

Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters will not be allowed to open as New York City enters Phase 4 of reopening on July 20.  While theaters were...

New York’s independent theaters look for rent forgiveness

Off-Off-Broadway theaters are banding together to seek some form of rent relief as continued payments threaten their survival.  Close to 400 attendees tuned in to...

Theatrical unions ask Congress for tax deduction in relief packages

Actors' Equity and SAG-AFTRA have joined with more than a dozen unions to advocate for a tax deduction for artists in upcoming relief packages.  The...

New York and surrounding regions create teams to reopen states

The state of New York, in coordination with its surrounding areas, will create a team of officials tasked with designing a reopening plan after...

Gov. Cuomo advises others not to rely on Broadway reopening date

In a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said other live entertainment venues should not use Broadway's current reopening date as guidance. "I wouldn't use...

Coronavirus relief bill could help Broadway’s small businesses

The passage of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill Friday contains two sections that could bring money back into the Broadway community and to...

Government stimulus package includes provisions for unemployed Broadway workers

The government's $2 trillion stimulus package includes provisions that should help unemployed actors and other members of the theater community.  The bill, passed by Senate...

Gov. Cuomo orders non-essential workers to stay at home in New York

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he will sign an executive order Friday mandating that all non-essential businesses in New York keep 100% of their...

Congressmen sign letter urging for protection of theater workers

Close to 40 members of Congress have signed a letter urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to include theater workers...

New legislation aims to bring back tax deductions for actors

Actors’ Equity has helped spearhead the introduction of a bill that aims to bring back tax deductions for performing artists. Individual tax deductions including...

Broadway awaits news of a possible tax break

Accountants are looking toward the new year to see if their lobbying efforts could give Broadway investors and producers another tax break. Under a provision...

Broadway unions speak out against Supreme Court ruling

Actors’ Equity Association and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society are speaking out against the Supreme Court ruling on public unions, as organized labor...

New York State passes bill requiring more transparency from ticket resellers

The New York State Legislature passed a bill Wednesday that takes aim at ticket resellers.  The legislation, which has been supported by the Broadway League...

Broadway League to hold sexual harassment training ahead of legislation

The Broadway League is hosting its first training on sexual harassment later this month, ahead of New York city and state legislation that will...

Why the JOBS Act has not caught on with Broadway producers

Broadway producers have the ability to reach out to a large, untapped pool of investors, but few have taken up the option. Under the Jumpstart...

Tax bill includes one provision that helps Broadway, others that hurt

The Republican tax bill has one provision that could boost Broadway investment and others that may weigh down some of its working members.  The tax...

New York theater tax credit brings money upstate, but issues for producers

A New York state tax credit is bringing Broadway tours and economic activity upstate, but causing headaches for some producers. The Empire State Theatre...

Tax provision would allow Broadway shows to expense initial production costs

A provision in the proposed U.S. Senate tax bill would allow “qualified theatrical productions” to expense all of their initial production costs and allow...