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- Add your name as a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the bill to expand paid sick leave to gig workers
- Contact Mayor De Blasio & Gov. Cuomo and tell them to take action NOW to protect those in New York jails from COVID-19
- Contact your US Senator for Unemployment Insurance for freelance gig workers
- Find Your Representatives with Common Cause
- Write to Congress asking them to approve emergency supplemental funding for the arts
- Tell your representatives in Congress to support S. 2065 and H.R 3824 and restore Supplemental Security Income (SSI). It would help disabled people to access rent, medicaid and caregivers.
- Dance Industry Unite! Sign on with Be An #ArtsHero, Dance/USA, and National Dance Education Organization to support relief, recovery, and representation for the dance industry. You can learn more with the Be An #ArtsHero Advocacy Toolkit and Lobby Guide.
- Follow and Amplify Be an #ArtsHero on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- Download and share Be an #ArtsHero’s social media images.
- Learn more at https://beanartshero.com
- NYC Arts in Education Roundtable is calling on all New Yorkers to push for increased funding to support universal arts education in City schools. Use Arts in Education Roundtable’s social media toolkit to spread the word to your council member and community.
- Connect with Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
- Join Americans for the Arts’ Arts Action Fund
- Housing Justice For All
- NYC NOWC #ShareMyCheck Campaign
- Register for Bystander Intervention Training
- Support people with disabilities at risk for COVID-19 (Partners for Youth with Disabilities)
- Track philanthropic response to coronavirus & share your grants data here.
- Put Creative Workers To Work
- Get to Work - equity and accessibility in the Broadway community
- Americans for the Arts Impact Survey and track the Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Arts and Culture Sector.
- Art Beyond Sight’s Coronavirus Impact Survey
- Artist Relief’s COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers.
- Council Member Brad Lander’s Freelancer Survey
- Dance/USA’s Documenting Your Experience with COVID-19 Survey
- The Freelancers Union Impact Survey
- The NALAC Field Survey: Responding to COVID-19
- Text COVID to 77948 and complete the SPEAK Up Survey. Learn more about the survey in this video.
- Sign the #HomelessCantStayHome Petition
- Sign the Nonprofit Position on Rent Relief and NYS legislation
- Sign the Open Letter from NYC Small Business Owners to State and City Leaders
- Sign the Petition to Include Entertainment Workers in Relief Package
- Sign the Petition for Act To Suspend Rent & Real Estate Financial Obligations During COVID-19
- Sign on to the Human Services Council The Survival of Nonprofit Organizations During COVID-19 Open Letter
- Sign on to the Open Letter to Our Government Leaders from New York City’s Nonprofit Sector in Response to COVID-19
- Sign on to the Letter to New York’s Congressional Delegation on Behalf of New York’s Nonprofits
- Sign on to Eliminate Unnecessary Filing Requirement and Protect the Privacy Of Our Donors
- Sign on to Support Nonprofit Legislative Advocacy
- Advocacy Institute Tools
- American Immigration Council: Sanctuary Policies Fact Sheet
- Americans for the Arts Advocacy Resources: Social Impact Explorer, Arts and Economic Prosperity Report, Arts Education Policy and Funding, Congressional Arts Handbook, Advocacy Toolkit, Arts Action Fund
- Artists’ Literacies Institute: Data Findings from Artists, Culture Workers, Freelancers, Gig Event Economy Losses Due to Covid-19 Cancellations
- Arts Are Education: Action Center
- Be An #ArtsHero Advocacy Resources: Dance Industry Outreach Letter to Constituents, Advocacy Toolkit, Lobbying Guide
- Broadway Advocacy Coalition: WHAT NOW Part II: From Ally to Action - Community Forum and Action Steps Resource Guide
- Dance/NYC and World Central Kitchen Meal Distribution Sites
- Dance/NYC Reopening Dance in NYC General Summary of Website
- On the Move Resource on COVID-19 and Cultural Mobility
- Dance/USA: Informational Papers from the Task Force on Dancer Health
- Dance/USA: Announcing New Virtual Office Hours! Register for office hours in archiving, dancer health and emergency preparedness.
- Dance Artists’ National Collective’s information session on the PRO Act is available to stream on YouTube, featuring DANC members and guests from American Guild of Musical Artists and Music Workers Alliance.
- National Council of Nonprofits: Using the Advocacy Tools You Have
- National Dance Education Organization Advocacy Tools and Advocacy Forum
- The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) presents Exploring and Claiming the Employee Retention Tax Credit. Tune in to the recorded session or download the webinar presentation.
- NYC Artist Coalition: Advocacy Toolkit
- NY4CA Impact Survey Findings
- The National Council of Nonprofits report on Strengthening State and Local Economies in Partnership with Nonprofits
Members of the public can sign up to testify at virtual public hearings via Zoom Web and/or via Phone at least 24 hours in advance of hearing. Written testimony may be submitted up to 72 hours after the hearing has been adjourned.
For questions about accessibility or to request additional accommodations please contact EEO Officer at [email protected] or call (212) 788-6936 at least three (3) business days before the hearing.
If you need non-English language interpretation, please email [email protected], at least five (5) business days before the hearing. Please include the following information in your email:
- Name and date of the hearing
- Your full name, telephone number, and email address
For all other questions about hearings, email [email protected].
- Visit https://council.nyc.gov/testify/ to register
- Choose a required field on how you chose to give testimony
- A contact information form will appear including options to select which hearing you plan to testify at, subject of the hearing and whether you are representing an organization or yourself.
- Uploading written testimony. You do not have to upload written testimony to register. You can leave this blank. You can upload written testimony at a later time (up to 72 hours after the hearing. Only DOC, DOCX or PDF Files are accepted.
- Hit Send Button to Submit
- The Council meticulously reviews all oral and written testimony and often reviews the hearing video.
- Testimony is also public and can be reviewed by anyone for any hearing.
- For future reference, if you search on the hearing site (https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx), you can choose a committee by choosing "Committee on Cultural Affairs (...)" from the drop down box in the upper-middle part of the page.
- You'll find a list of dates and topics pop up. If you click on blue text that says "Meeting Details" for a specific date, such as 4/20, it'll bring you to the hearing materials. Sometimes you need to click on a link with a code that will look like T2020 [and has 4 digits] to get to the final hearing page, but there you'll find links (in blue, in the middle of the page) leading to the committee report, testimony, transcript and video from each hearing.