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Briefly Stated 2.26.21

POET LAUREATE NOMINATIONS
Who will be Missouri’s sixth poet laureate? The two-year position includes a $2,500 annual honorarium. Nominations are open through March 22. Find more information here. The Missouri Poet Laureate program is facilitated by the Missouri Arts Council on behalf of the Office of the Governor.

DOES THIS NEED TO BE A ZOOM?
Artists, writers, and curators share boundary-setting tips in this Hyperallergic post.

EMERGING VOICES FELLOWSHIP
The PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship provides a five-month immersive mentorship program for early-career writers from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the publishing world. Applications are open through March 17. More here.

PPP FORGIVABLE LOANS
To promote equitable access to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Biden administration has opened a special application period exclusively for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. This special period ends on March 10. For more information,including other changes that could assist small creative businesses, check out this Husch Blackwell law firm article.

APPEALING & WINNING
Congratulations to Larissa White, an actor from Ballwin, who won her unemployment appeal! The Missouri Department of Labor said she voluntarily left an acting job — of course, the show closed — and that she needed to repay more than $8,000. “It was a huge weight off my chest,” White told St. Louis Public Radio. If you’re an artist and need legal assistance with an unemployment appeal, please complete an application form.

LEARN FROM THE BEST
The St. Louis Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals runs a mentorship program that matches experienced development professionals with those seeking to grow their careers. Learn more about the program here.

GROUP © REGISTRATION FOR ALBUMS
The US Copyright Office is creating a new “group” registration option for musical works that are published on the same album. Office will also be implementing a separate group registration option for sound recordings and any accompanying photographs, artwork, or liner notes that are published on the same album. The new applications forms will be released soon. Watch this page for updates.

HEALTHCARE.GOV OPEN ENROLLMENT
The new HealthCare.gov open enrollment period ends on May 15. If you need assistance filling out the application, in person or virtually, or understanding plan options, call the Cover Missouri help line, 800/466-3213.

LOOKING AHEAD TO APRIL 15
Our volunteer accountants aren’t available to prepare tax returns for our pro bono clients during their busy tax season. Here are some options to consider if you need tax preparation assistance.