• Good news for Arts and Arts Education policies

    by  • December 18, 2015 • Events, Legislation, News

    Arts and Arts Education policies move forward in Washington

    Two arts-related bills were released by Congress this week:

    1. FY2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act
    2. Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act.

    Highlights include:

    • The budget for the NEA was increased to $147.949 million to the President’s request.
    • The budget for the U.S.. Department of Educations’ Arts in Education program also increased to $27 million—a $2 million increase.
    • Permanence for the IRA Charitable Rollover. Permanence will give certainty and spur new and increased charitable donations to arts and culture institutions and the full array of nonprofits that serve Americans every day. The eligibility in the agreement is the same as the previous law—70 ½ years of age and a maximum of up to $100,000 given directly to a charity of choice per taxpayer in any tax year.

    According to Americans for the Arts, both bills are expected to be signed into law by December 22.

    Read more detail about this great news at Americans for the Arts news blog:
    http://www.americansforthearts.org/news-room/legislative-news/congress-reaches-a-spending-and-tax-deal

    Remember to register to attend Arts Advocacy Day this March 7-8, 2016 and bring your advocacy directly to Capitol Hill!
    http://www.americansforthearts.org/events/arts-advocacy-day

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    The goal of the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) is to ensure that Massachusetts artists of all disciplines have a voice in public dialogs, decisions, and key public policy initiatives that impact the artists community and the creative economy. MALC works to ensure that artists have a permanent place at the policy making table.