Friday, May 30, 2008

Arts Advocacy Update XLIV

The content below is from Americans for the Arts' Cultural Policy Listserv, email blast of May 28, 2008:

Two more cities designated Maryland arts and entertainment districts
Baltimore Business Journal, 5/27/2008
"Annapolis and Havre de Grace could become Maryland's next hot spots for arts and entertainment. . . . The program works to foster the designated districts through income tax breaks to artists living in the area and property tax cuts for developers who construct residential and commercial spaces for artists. Entertainment venues in the arts districts are also exempt from paying the state's admission and amusement taxes. . . . The addition of Annapolis and Havre de Grace bumps the number of arts and entertainment districts in the state to 17. . . . Hagerstown was also approved for expansion and recertification."
Oh, Becky Kemper, where are you?

Artists seek royalties for 70 years from grave
Times Online (UK), 5/27/2008
"Britain's artistic community is battling against leading auction houses and dealers to bring in a law forcing the payment of a royalty on artists' works for 70 years after their deaths — in line with writers and musicians."
I'm dead. Pay me.

States Race to Woo TV and Film
Wall Street Journal, 5/22/2008
"An arms race has broken out among states hoping to lure big-budget movie and television productions with financial incentives. In the past month and a half, at least four states -- Georgia, New York, Mississippi and Michigan -- have increased the scope of tax credits, cash rebates and other incentives to encourage spending money in the state and hiring local workers. They are competing with nearly 40 other states and U.S. territories that have incentive programs on the books, some with established film- and TV-production infrastructure, including New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. . . . The latest incentives bill, now in the California state legislature, faces long odds."
Great story. Not newsy, but very timely.

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