Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Government

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...