Assembly Bill 580 Passes Round One

California Assembly Bill 580, an arts-funding bill, moved a step closer to passage as advocates push ahead with the more optimistic economic environment.   

This bill, introduced by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D- Sherman Oaks), would provide some $75 million a year from the general fund to go to the California Arts Council. The bill made it out of the committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media this week on a 4-2 vote.

Next step? Appropriations. This is where a similar bill in 2009 died due to a challenging economic environment.   

This funding would increase funding to the California Arts Council significantly, considering its current allocation is $1 million/year. But just 12 years ago, in 2000-2001, the Arts Council was funded at a level of $32 million a year! Then Governor Davis slashed funding for the Arts Council during his terms by 94%.

Current funding for the arts in California is approximately 14 cents per year for every resident in California, ranking our state dead last…next to Texas (15 cents/resident) and Georgia (16 cents/resident).   

We’re following this closely. We’re interested. And while we’re not taking a stance or making any recommendations here, we are hopeful that arts funding increases in California. Standing by…

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