BREAKING NEWS: $20 Million State Budget Proposal Announced for Arts Organizations & AB-5 Compliance
California Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez and Christy Smith have requested a one-time allocation of $20 million in the 2020-21 state budget to the California Arts Council for the administration of a grants program serving small budget non-profit arts organizations that make a good faith effort to comply with AB 5. The proposal is, in part, a result of efforts by California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts to work with Asm. Gonzalez to mitigate the impact of AB 5, a bill she introduced, that was approved last year, and that took effect January 1, 2020. AB 5 greatly constricts the definition of "independent contractors," and was seen by many as primarily targeting "gig economy" leaders like Uber and Lyft. However, its unintended victims included nonprofit arts organizations that often engage freelance artists as contractors for limited term work. Although an exemption was carved out for "Fine artists" in the original bill, the definition of that term remains under debate. Further, labor unions representing actors and musicians, who have been seeking fair pay and benefits, saw the new rules as benefiting their members--even though there has also been widespread backlash by many of those artists who prefer to maintain independent contractor status.  More here. 
March 1 Deadline for OC Arts Awards Nominations
The 21st Annual Orange County Arts Awards will take place on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 in the Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.  The nomination process for honorees is now open through March 1st. Details may be found here.

Arts Awards statuette: "The Spark of Imagination" by Christopher Schulz
Future of HB International Surfing Museum is Up for Grabs

The City of Huntington Beach has issued a request for proposals for an operator of the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum, and it is possible that it will be taken over by San Clemente's Surfing Heritage and Culture Center. That possibility has generated controversy in the Huntington Beach community, with upwards of 4,000 people signing a petition in opposition.While there is a history of cordial relations between the two organizations, including sharing exhibits, pride of place continues to exert a strong pull in the question of the museum's future direction. Read more here and here



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7 OC Arts Organizations Win Grants in Latest Round of CAC Awards
At its meeting on Wednesday, California Arts Council approved the following grants to OC organizations:
  • Public Media Group of Southern California (PBS SoCal/KCETLink) - $23,750 - from the Arts and Public Media Program
  • Pacific Symphony - $20,000 - from the Arts Education Exposure Program
  • Laguna Art Museum - $13,036 - from the Arts Education Exposure Program
  • Boys & Girls Club of Tustin - $16,034 - from the Arts Education Exposure Program
  • Frida Cinema - $4,850 from the Organizational Development Program and $4,850 from the Professional Development Program
  • Give a Beat Foundation - $13,306 - from the Re-entry Through the Arts Program
  • Arts Orange County - $95,500 (over 2 years) - State-Local Partner Program
More details here.
Annual Doheny Blues Festival Won't Take Place in 2020

Organizers have announced that the 2020 Doheny Blues Festival will be postponed as they explore venue options of 2021. Read more here.
HB Artist Reunited With Painting After 50 Years
"She was the one who got away.
For five decades, he'd wondered about her fate. He didn't even have a photo of her to fondly gaze upon.
Then one fateful night in December, a text lit up his phone. "Is this yours?" his brother asked, sharing a link.
At long last, there she was. On eBay. For $3,000. And she hadn't aged a bit."
Read more in the OC Register article here.
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