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Briefly Stated 10.2.20

RAC’S COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEYS
The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) wants to hear from you! Artists and arts organizations in the bi-state area (St. Louis City and County as well as Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, St. Charles, and St. Clair counties) are invited to take RAC’s COVID-19 impact surveys. Access the organization survey here (one per organization, please) and the individual artist survey here. The surveys, which take approximately 15 minutes to complete, will remain open through October 5. Responses will be kept confidential. Questions? Contact Erika Fiola: erika@racstl.org

MIXED EARNER FIX?
If Congress and President Trump can agree on a relief bill, it will likely fix a problem that left many artists unable to access full unemployment benefits under the CARES Act. The “skinny” HEROES Act, passed by the House yesterday, would ensure that workers who earn income from both traditional (W-2) and self-employment (1099) sources get the same relief as those who had more straightforward employment arrangements. Under the legislative remedy, mixed earners who are receiving traditional state unemployment and earned $5,000 or more on their 2019 tax return would qualify for an additional $125 a week. VLAA is proud to be part of the national coalition that mounted the “mixed earner” advocacy campaign. The House bill also includes an extension of the weekly $600 PUA unemployment benefits (through January 31, 2021), a second round of the Payroll Protection Program (with a set aside for nonprofits), funding for the NEA, and support for live venue operators (modeled on the industry’s proposed Save Our Stages Act).

10 COMMON GRANT APPLICATION MISTAKES FOR ARTISTS
Airing personal frustrations. Excessive hyperlinking. Asking for too much money. Learn more about these and other common grant-writing mistakes in this Fractured Atlas post.

VLAA UPSTART COLLEGE OUTREACH
Our Upstart college outreach program exposes students working in all artistic disciplines to basic legal and accounting matters. Our speakers include working artists, attorneys, and accountants. To book a free speaker, send us a few dates and times that work for your schedule.

VLAA WEBINARS
Race, Equity, and Your Arts Organization: Turning Commitment Into Action
Monday, October 5 at 4:00 PM
Ready to address race-based disparities and advance racial equity? This call-to-action webinar will include a brief discussion of the contemporary Diversity, Equity and Inclusion movement and ideas and tools for rethinking decision-making, policies, practices, and artistic programming. Our presenter is Rudy Nickens, an arts champion, executive coach, facilitator, educator, entrepreneur, and thought leader with expertise in cultural diversity, business management, and community development.

Financial Strategies for Creatives
Monday, October 12 at 6:30 PM (register now)
Creatives have been particularly hit hard by the pandemic and face unique challenges as the economy slowly recovers. This webinar will provide plain language, easy-to-use information on government relief and assistance programs. It will also equip you with tools for managing your finances now and beyond.

Specific topics will include:
• Student loan payment and interest deferral extension
• The Medicaid expansion timeline
• Healthcare.gov enrollment
• Unemployment benefits
• Strategies to conserve cash and minimize expenses
• Managing debt in the short term
• Keeping an eye to the future: emergency fund and retirement

Instructors: Andrew Zumwalt, CFP®; Graham McCaulley, PhD; and Marco Pantoja, AFC® comprise the Extension outreach arm of the University of Missouri Department of Personal Financial Planning. With over 30 years of combined experience in financial education, they each bring a unique perspective and diverse skills to the education platform.

SERVING OUR CREATIVE COMMUNITY
Please know that our two part-time staff members and amazing volunteers are here to assist you in any way we can. Do you have comments, questions or suggestions? Contact us.

ART IS US
Although global air travel is down a whopping 66 percent, St. Louis Lambert International Airport is continuing its ever-growing, ever-changing art program. Within the last two months, the airport has installed eight new exhibits, featuring the work of these local artists and arts organizations: Megan Singleton, Craft Alliance, Carol Carter, Jessica Witte, Eugenia Alexander, Kristin Cassidy, Tiffany J. Sutton, and Rambling River Arts Quilters. All artwork, including previous exhibits, can be viewed online.