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Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

NYSCA Budget proposed to be cut by $7 million!

We need to send a POWERFUL MESSAGE to Albany before January 13 describing the impact of the Governor's proposed cut of $7 million to the NYSCA 08-09 budget.

Your legislators need to know there will be significant economic losses to the state and to our communities....and it may well include major JOB losses.

Remember, we only have 5 days to make our voices heard in Albany, so do it now. Because on January 13, many of you will travel to Albany to meet with your legislators and we want this message to be there when you arrive.

Click here to send an email to your legislator.

Please forward this message to everyone you know...and don't know. If our message goes viral again, we will have huge numbers.

The last time we emailed legislators, you sent 14,300 emails to the Governor and your legislators. This time let's make it 20,000 emails. Numbers matter. Everyone pays attention when enough people speak out.

Send a message today. http://capwiz.com/artsusa/ny/state/main/?state=NY
Facts you need to know...
2008-09 Budget (current fiscal year ending March 31)

The Governor proposes an additional $7 million cut to the current local assistance (grants) budget. This will eliminate almost all NYSCA funds that have not yet been awarded from the OCTOBER and DECEMBER cycles

  • As a result 573 organizations may not receive any funding.....including those who have general operating support pending.
  • This is the SECOND reduction in the current budget; there was almost a 10% reduction a couple of months ago.
  • The first cut reduced the NYSCA budget from $48.5 million to $45.9 million. The Governor's second proposed cut will bring the NYSCA budget down to $38.9 million..... a total reduction of 20% from $48.5 million at the start of the current fiscal year.

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