Pacific Symphony & American Federation of Musicians, Local 7, Ratify New Contract  
"Pacific Symphony musicians, represented by Local 7 of the American Federation of Musicians and Pacific Symphony's Board of Directors have ratified a new four-year agreement. Covering work from September 2020 through August 2024, the complex agreement addresses conditions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and paves the way for musicians to return to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall stage to record a new series of Classical, Pops and Family Musical Mornings programs. Additionally, Pacific Symphony's Frieda Belinfante Class Act program will launch an all-online version providing music education to thousands of elementary school children throughout Orange County; music and wellness programs will provide seniors, children suffering from autism and many other beneficiaries with programming designed specifically to provide therapeutic benefit; and Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles will continue to receive weekly lectures and coaching from musicians of Pacific Symphony. Musicians agreed to a 30% reduction in overall compensation for 2020-21, reflecting their sensitivity to the financial ramifications of the pandemic. By the 2023-24 season, compensation will be restored to levels promised in the collective bargaining agreement that was set to expire Aug. 31, 2021." Read more in Broadway World. See other coverage in San Francisco Classical Voice here.
The Irvine Company Awards $2 Million to Irvine Schools for Arts, Music and Science Education

"Irvine Company has presented the Irvine Unified School District with a $2 million check in support of arts, music and science education. This contribution, part of a 20-year, $45 million funding commitment by Irvine Company, enables IUSD to maintain the highest level of education in times of constrained local and state budgets and invest in new educational technologies in response to the pandemic. Since 2006, Irvine Company's Excellence in Education Enrichment Fund has helped more than 100,000 elementary students." Read more here. 

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New Grants Available for Performing Arts Centers, Theatres, Orchestras, Presenters, and Museums

The Federal relief legislation approved at year-end included a response to collective advocacy efforts by commercial and nonprofit producers and presenters nationwide--$15 Billion to be awarded in grants to venue operators and those who use such venues and represent their artists. Details are still being finalized, but the Small Business Administration conducted an overview webinar last week, which was recorded and may be viewed here. Recipients of these grants are not permitted to also receive new Paycheck Protection Program funding.
Paycheck Protection Program Extended, Adds "Second Draw"
$25 Billion in forgivable loans were also included in the year-end Federal relief bill through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Even if your business or nonprofit organization received a PPP loan in the spring or summer, you may be eligible for a "second draw" loan. Read more at this website and consult your original lender to determine if they will again participate. Recipients of PPP loans are not permitted to receive funding from the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants Program.

Arts Orange County and Heritage Future have been selected as programmatic partners by the City of Fullerton for its soon to be revitalized historic Mid-Century Modern masterpiece, the Hunt Library, designed by William Pereira. We are now inviting public input and ideas through an online survey here.
Arts Orange County is the leader in building appreciation of, participation in and support for the arts and arts education throughout Orange County. 
It is a powerhouse in advancing Orange County's arts ecology, a trailblazer in advocating workforce development through arts education, a leader in building future audiences and a trendsetter in the world of nonprofit arts councils.

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