Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

Sample Letter to Your County Councilmember

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Be sure to send the correct template to Re-elected or Newly-elected members.

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Re-elected Councilmember Sample Letter

 
Dear Councilmember [LAST NAME HERE],
 
Thank you for your past support of funding for the arts and humanities in the Montgomery County Operating Budget for re-granting, for creative placemaking through the Public Arts Trust, and for capital improvements through the Arts CIP. I truly appreciate your leadership and thoughtful consideration of Montgomery County’s cultural community during this and past budget seasons.
 
I am writing today to ask that you support my request for increased funding for the Arts and Humanities Council (AHCMC) in FY20.
 
For FY20, the County Executive has proposed flat funding for AHCMC. While I am thankful for this proposed appropriation, our sector was held flat in FY19 and AHCMC’s funding only provided support in the most competitive grant categories at approximately 74%.
 
In consideration of the numerous established, emerging and racially diverse artists, organizations and scholars in a county that serves rural, urban and suburban communities, I encourage you to support Montgomery County Arts Advocate’s request of $500,000 in increased funding. This additional funding will broaden the Arts and Humanities’ capacity to invest in county-wide programs that equitably serve the many economically, culturally, and demographically diverse residents and organizations that make up the cultural fabric of our community.
 
[INSERT PERSONAL STORY OF IMPACT FROM YOUR ORGANIZATION OR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE]
 
The arts and humanities sector in Montgomery County generates $16.5 Million in local and state tax revenue, supports 3,867 full-time equivalent local jobs and $86.2 Million in household income. Investing in the arts and humanities creates a measurable impact in the vibrancy, livability, and desirability of our community and strengthens our local economy.
[NAME], thank you for all that you do; I hope you will support increased funding for the Arts and Humanities Council, [INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION (if applicable)] and the greater arts and humanities community in Montgomery County.
 
Sincerely,
 
[YOUR NAME HERE]
 
[YOUR TITLE (if applicable)]

[YOUR ORGANIZATION (if applicable)]

 
 

Newly-elected Councilmember Sample Letter

 
Dear Councilmember [LAST NAME HERE],

Congratulations, once again, on your election to the Montgomery County Council. I appreciate the hard work and dedication you demonstrated to win this auspicious appointment.

I am reaching out today to ask that you support my request for increased funding for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) in the FY20 Montgomery County Operating Budget for re-granting, for creative placemaking through the Public Arts Trust, and for capital improvements through the Arts CIP.

For FY20, the County Executive has proposed flat funding for AHCMC. While I am thankful for this proposed appropriation, our sector was held flat in FY19 and AHCMC funding only provided support in the most competitive grant categories at approximately 74%.
 
In consideration of the numerous established, emerging and racially diverse artists, organizations and scholars in a county that serves rural, urban and suburban communities, I encourage you to support Montgomery County Arts Advocate’s request of $500,000 in increased funding. This additional funding will broaden the Arts and Humanities Council’s capacity to invest in county-wide programs that equitably serve the many economically, culturally, and demographically diverse residents and organizations that make up the cultural fabric of our community.

[INSERT PERSONAL STORY OF IMPACT FROM YOUR ORGANIZATION OR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE]

The arts and humanities sector in Montgomery County generates $16.5 Million in local and state tax revenue, supports 3,867 full-time equivalent local jobs and $86.2 Million in household income. Investing in the arts and humanities creates a measurable impact in the vibrancy, livability, and desirability of our community and strengthens our local economy.

[NAME], thank you for your leadership and thoughtful consideration of Montgomery County’s cultural community. I hope you will support increased funding for the Arts and Humanities Council, [INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION (if applicable)] and the greater arts and humanities community in Montgomery County.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME HERE]

[YOUR TITLE (if applicable)]

[YOUR ORGANIZATION (if applicable)]

 

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