Today, the Massachusetts Senate passed a budget amendment to fund the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) at $14 million. Your advocacy has set up arts funding to pull a U-turn in the state budget – effectively turning a 16% cut in the House to a 16% increase in the Senate. The Senate’s vote on the MCC amendment gives us strong footing going into the final stages of the state budget process.

Thank you to all the arts and cultural leaders and supporters that reached out to your legislators asking them to make arts funding a priority.

Since January, your advocacy hasn’t gone unnoticed by the State House:

  • More than 250 arts leaders and supporters met with over 70 representatives and senators during our Arts Matter Advocacy Day in March at the Citi Wang Theatre and the MA State House.
  • Arts and cultural supporters sent 4,770 emails to Gov. Baker and the State Legislature showing them that arts matter in Massachusetts.
  • The creative community recruited 103 representatives and 20 senators, a total of 123 out of 200 state legislators to sign on to amendments calling for an increase to the MCC budget.

While we’ve reached a benchmark, we still have more to do as the budget process continues. The House and Senate are setting up a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House budget for the MCC of $12 million and Senate budget of $14 million.

Stay tuned on our next moves and thanks again for raising your voice.


Matt Wilson, MASSCreative