Dear Councilmember [NAME],
Thank you for your past support of the arts and humanities in Montgomery County. On behalf of [insert business name] [or begin sentence with ‘I’ if individual] I would like to express my deep appreciation for all you have done and continue to do for our sector.
During the recent economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Council has remained supportive of the cultural sector. Your support and emergency funding helped us tremendously in 2020, 2021, and these early months of 2022, but the business and event restrictions in place until recently, and the continued disruptions due to health and safety concerns continue to devastate our community. A recent survey from the arts and humanities council reports losses in our industry well over $1 million from January 2022 alone as 80% of our arts and humanities nonprofits were forced to cancel or postpone events, productions, and concerts due to a surge in Covid-19 cases from the Omicron variant.
Additionally, our sector has seen a 26% increase in grants demand totaling more than $2 million above FY21 grant requests.
Today, I’m asking you to continue your support for the arts and humanities in the FY23 Budget to ensure an equitable recovery for our sector and the diverse creative workforce we employ.
- Support the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County’s (AHCMC) request for an additional $2 million budget allocation totaling $7,707,506 for regranting and administration.
- The funds support general operating and project grant support to nonprofit organizations, individual artists and scholars, arts residencies in schools, and Wheaton cultural project grants as well as capacity building programs and professional development opportunities for cultural organizations and practitioners.
- Support AHCMC’s request for $3.5 million in additional relief funds annually for FY 2022 & FY 2023 from the $203 million in relief funding received by Montgomery County through the American Rescue Plan.
In support of my request, I would like to share a story with you about the impact of [our/my] work in Montgomery County. [insert personal story of impact or success. Consider a short testimonial that highlights the work you do and the importance your work has to residents in Montgomery County and/or other cultural practitioners. Consider the priorities of your work, the county’s work, and the people who live in Montgomery County.]
Please support the arts and humanities. An increased investment in the cultural sector is a proven investment in our economic recovery and the future prosperity of all residents in our community.
[Your Organization (if applicable]