As you may be aware, TCG has a new international grant program called Global Connections, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Its purpose is to build bridges and artistic collaborations between U.S. theatre practitioners and their counterparts abroad. We are excited to announce our second cycle of recipients who received support for travel to locales that include Afghanistan, China, England, Finland, Lebanon, the Republic of the Congo, South Africa and South Korea. Check out our website to read more about some inspiring collaborations and artistic projects in the works. Knowledge sharing with peers internationally is ultimately allowing artists to connect with their local communities in a more dynamic and fulfilling way.
I’d like to extend a big shout out and thank you to the production managers who responded recently to our survey on the White Space issue. The FCC ruled several months ago that wireless microphone users would have two safe harbor channels nationally (and additional channels in most locations). However, they also ruled that for additional channels, theatres must register in a database 30 days in advance and be subject to public comment. These parameters are potentially problematic. TCG was able to use the feedback from production managers to persuade the FCC to be as flexible as possible and to conduct informational conference calls with stakeholders soon. We will keep you posted.
Another important advocacy-related development: yesterday, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved a bill that eliminates the Arts in Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. The Committee voted 23-16 to approve H.R. 1891, legislation sponsored by Representative Duncan Hunter (R-52-CA). The bill will now proceed to the full House of Representatives for consideration. Please stay tuned for a field-wide Action Alert to try to reverse this decision as the entire House takes up the bill, and please take a moment to let your Members of Congress know the value and impact of these programs!
For those of you who are interested in building some additional connections with your local community of artists, I am also pleased to pass along to you some information from our colleagues at Creative Capital. They are offering subsidies of $3,000 to $10,000 for organizations to offer professional development workshops to artists. Areas include, managing the business side of art, public speaking and leadership skills, leveraging the internet and Spanish-language workshops. The deadline is June 17.
And speaking of deadlines, don’t forget that June 1 is the registration deadline for the National Conference!