In an effort to help arts and culture organizations throughout New Jersey that are facing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, three Assembly Democrats sponsor legislation to provide funding for these organizations.
Subject to the availability of federal funds, $15 million in funds provided to New Jersey in response to the COVID-19 pandemic would be made available to the Economic Development Authority (EDA) so that it can issue grants to struggling arts and culture organizations.
The EDA must allocate at least $7,500,000 in funds to the New Jersey Council on the Arts for the purpose of issuing grants to non-profit groups.
Upon the bill (A-5447) recently being advanced by the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee, Assembly sponsors Linda Carter (D-Middlesex, Somerset, Union), Eric Houghtaling (D-Monmouth) and Angela McKnight (D-Hudson) issued the following joint statement:
“New Jersey prides itself on a rich arts and culture scene, with more than 700 organizations calling our state home. Over the years, our museums, theaters, galleries and music venues have showcased true talent, launched the careers of successful artists, preserved history and provided entertainment to visitors.
“We must show our support now, while many are struggling to remain open, to ensure arts and culture can continue to play an important role in our state. This funding lets us look forward to the unforgettable experiences these organizations will once again provide after the pandemic has ended.”