arts alerts: Nonprofits: Sign On To Protect Incentives for Charitable Giving

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Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
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St. Paul, MN 55155
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Arts Action Center
October 13, 2011

1. Nonprofits: Take Action to Protect Federal Incentives for Charitable Giving
2. Plunge in Performing Arts Jobs Reported
3. Nominate Someone Great for a Sally Award
1. Nonprofits: Take Action to Protect Federal Incentives for Charitable Giving

Will charitable tax deductions be altered as a part of structural changes to the federal budget? Although the immediate threat appears to be gone, there is an ongoing conversation about the future of this and other deductions. Deductable charitable donations provide a unique and substantial public benefit as nonprofits addresses diverse and essential needs of communities.

Please join MCA in signing-on to this letter to Congress, with our national partner the National Council of Nonprofits, to be
delivered prior to a hearing of the Joint Select Commission on Deficit Reduction on Tuesday, October 18. To sign on, please have your executive director complete this simple online form by noon on Monday, October 17.

2. Plunge in Performing Arts Jobs Reported

The “Mandel on Innovation and Growth” blog is reporting new research that shows a recent plunge in performing arts jobs, caused by the recession, reduction in charitable giving, and cuts to the arts in other states. “Over the past year, employment at performing arts companies has dropped   a sharp 16%,  according to today’s figures from the BLS. Performing arts employment is now at the lowest level since 1990.Check out his report here.
3. Nominate Someone Great for a Sally Award

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is gearing up the selection process for the next round of Sally Awards.The awards recognize extraordinary Minnesota artists who inspire us with their creativity and dedication to their craft.

The 2011 Sally Ordway Irvine Awards will continue this tradition, and you can be a part of it! We invite you to join in the fun by nominating artists to be considered for the 2011 Sally Awards. It’s easy to do. Just think about the
artists who have inspired you, your family or your friends, and forward their names to us as nominees for the 2011 Sally Awards. The Awards include the following five


Minnesota’s arts scene is so rich and diverse that it’s impossible for us to keep up with the work being created every day in every corner of the state. You probably know about artists who are not yet on our radar screen. Don’t keep their talents a secret! Any arts organization or individual in the state of Minnesota is eligible, as long as they have not already received this award.

Please consider making a nomination, and forward this invitation
to your friends and colleagues. The nomination form is available on the Ordway’s website at


If you have any questions regarding the nomination form or the awards, please contact Kate Youngdahl at the Ordway at 651.282.3101.



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