Grants To Support Arts Engagement And Learning

Grants to Support Arts Engagement and Learning

East St. Louis Community Arts Access, a re-granting program run by the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation (JJKF) with funding from the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA), awards grants to local cultural organizations and nonprofits offering arts programming. Schools and individual artists are also eligible for funding. This grants program seeks to provide East St. Louis residents with more opportunities to participate…

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2022 Tax Preparation Assistance

2022 Tax Preparation Assistance

Our volunteer accountants aren’t available to prepare tax returns for our pro bono clients between January and April. To accommodate our region’s artists, we’ve hosted free tax preparation clinics in partnership with Gateway EITC and the Davis Tax Foundation since 2013. With safety in mind, we won’t be sponsoring these clinics this year. Here are some options to consider if you…

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Protecting A Business Name

Protecting a Business Name

By Benjamin Ogara Texas Tech University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate 2022 The name of a business, product, or service is one of the most important aspects of a company. It will be the front of your company, your website will be built around it with a web design Richmond company, for example, helping you create this starting point…

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Recordkeeping Resolutions

Recordkeeping Resolutions

By Sue Greenberg, executive director As we look ahead with both hope and uncertainty to 2021, here's a suggestion that may help you overcome that nagging feeling of being held hostage by the pandemic: Take deliberate control of your creative business. That involves making a commitment to recordkeeping. You can simplify the process by using a separate credit card and…

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MIXED EARNER RELIEF CAN’T WAIT

MIXED EARNER RELIEF CAN’T WAIT

Unless Congress acts during its lame duck session, millions of Americans will see their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits expire on December 31, and many mixed income artists will begin 2020 without enough money to pay their rent or buy groceries. A relief bill could fix the problem that left many creatives unable to access full unemployment benefits under the…

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Pro Bono Ethics Webinar

Pro Bono Ethics webinar

Tuesday, September 29 at 4:00 PM 1.0 Hour of Missouri CLE or CPE Ethics Credit While handling a case pro bono means a lawyer is volunteering their time, it does not mean that the representation is free from following all the ethical rules that apply to any case. Using arts-related examples, this program will address the basic ethics that any…

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Election Year Warning From The IRS

Election Year Warning From the IRS

As the presidential election approaches, don't let your enthusiasm jeopardize your arts organization's tax-exempt status. Be aware that 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to candidates for public office. The prohibition applies to campaigns at the federal, state and local level. Violation of this prohibition could result in…

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Re-Opening Plan Guidance

Re-Opening Plan Guidance

March 2022 Update With case numbers plummeting, some cultural organizations and venues are relaxing their safety protocols. Missouri ArtsSafe posted updates on February 25— all based on CDC guidance. If you make changes to your online safety plan, please make sure you maintain the same URL; otherwise, it will break the link on the Missouri ArtSafe site. November 2021 Update To…

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To Rep. Clay Re: Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Bill

To Rep. Clay re: Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Bill

Dear Rep. Clay: Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Judy Chu are recruiting Democrats in the House to be cosponsors of the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act. I’m writing to encourage you to sign on. The proposed legislation would ensure that thousands of St. Louis creatives, who normally cobble their incomes together through a mix of traditional W-2 jobs and…

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3 Takeaways: Why Medicaid Expansion Makes Sense

3 Takeaways: Why Medicaid Expansion Makes Sense

Health insurance and healthcare policies are quickly becoming an essential part of daily life in America. With the cost of living rising along with medical spending costs, people can no longer afford to be uninsured. Health insurance policies have in turn become diversified and more accessible so that they are more suitable for a variety of individuals. An example of…

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