Briefly Stated 6.26.20

Briefly Stated 6.26.20

LOOP STREET MUSICIAN LAWSUIT UPDATE University City appears ready to back off policies that violate the First Amendment rights of street musicians. On June 23, University City’s attorneys responded to the lawsuit filed by the Washington University School of Law’s First Amendment Clinic and the ACLU of Missouri on behalf of Raven Wolf Felton Jennings and Raymond Douglas, two musicians…

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CASE Act: Something Is Better Than Nothing At All

CASE Act: Something Is Better Than Nothing At All

A proposal for a cheaper and easier alternative to resolve disputes for small copyright claims By Lucy Soyinka Washington University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2021 Arguably everybody agrees that the U.S. legal system can be very expensive. Artists who want to enforce their copyright rights against infringers may not have the resources to do so, or the cost-benefit…

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Briefly Stated 6.20.20

Briefly Stated 6.20.20

MEDICAID EXPANSION GOES TO VOTERS  We’re partnering with the Missouri Foundation for Health on educational outreach efforts to inform voters about the economic and health benefits of Medicaid expansion. Read about the arts case for expansion Why Medicaid Expansion Makes Sense for Missouri (free webinar) Wednesday, July 1, 6:30-7:30 PM On August 4, Missouri voters will decide whether an estimated…

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Medicaid Expansion Is An Arts Advocacy Issue

Medicaid Expansion Is an Arts Advocacy Issue

On August 4, Missouri voters will decide whether an estimated 230,000 low-income adults should be newly eligible for Medicaid[1] coverage. The vote “YES” campaign makes a strong economic argument for Medicaid expansion. Proponents of the ballot measure, including the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, are citing a new report released by Missouri Foundation for Health that addresses job growth and state budget savings…

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Briefly Stated 6.12.20

Briefly Stated 6.12.20

LIBRARIES STARTING TO RE-OPEN They’re back! Did you know that more Americans visited public libraries than movie theaters in 2019? According to a recent Gallup poll, libraries are by far the nation’s most popular cultural attraction. Young adults, women and people from low-income households visited libraries most often. Many patrons depend on library technology services — internet access, computers, printing and Hotspots for free WIFI access at home. Library closures…

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Briefly Stated 6.5.20

Briefly Stated 6.5.20

STANDING IN SOLIDARITY Thanks to our region’s cultural organizations for posting eloquent statements expressing grief, outrage and determination to end systemic racism. Art is a catalyst for change. It is our privilege to stand with you and to serve the artists and arts workers who are mobilizing to create a better, more equitable future. RAC ARTIST RELIEF FUND The deadline…

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3 Takeaways: Financial Strategies For Creatives

3 Takeaways: Financial Strategies for Creatives

1. Take advantage of available assistance, including unemployment benefits, HealthCare.gov special enrollment (which may be less expensive than COBRA), mortgage relief, emergency grants and loans 2. Spend some time analyzing your finances, so you can budget effectively and identify your priorities. Track expenses (using pen and paper, a spreadsheet or an app such as Mint or YNAB). For business expenses,…

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