We received these news today from our contributor Cindy Marie Jenkins and it’s has blown our mind! What are these people thinking?!?!?!
Just received this urgent action to stop a sales tax on theatre sales (only theatre, apparently)?
I can’t help but paraphrase my husband’s reaction: “In what universe will this raise money?”
Anyone else think the public perception of theatre is skewed? What is wrong in our messaging and approach? This is either a longer rant or shorter and more concise blog post you will probably see a link to later. Please comment on your reactions and let me know if I can quote you in said post.
From the email:
URGENT: Sales tax to be imposed on theatre ticket sales MONDAY!
California Arts Advocates has just learned that a bill is going before the California legislature on Monday that will impose a sales tax on tickets to live theatre productions.
This bill does not include a sales tax on any other forms of entertainment, including opera, concerts or sporting events.
At a time when nonprofit theatres are already struggling with cuts to their funding, this bill will have an extremely negative effect on theatre around the state.
In order to stop this bill from being passed, we need you to call or email Assemblyman Mike Gatto, who introduced the bill, and the 10 members of the Committee for Revenue and Taxation that are voting on the bill Monday, to let them know that they must include a clear exemption for nonprofits in the language of the bill.
To contact Assemblyman Mike Gatto, call Aaron Moreno, who is staffing the bill, at (916) 319-2043, or email
Cindy is keeping us updated and she is updating her post as the news comes in HERE. Be sure to check her post and continue to write letters to Mr. Moreno (firstname.lastname@example.org) emphasizing the importance of excluding ALL theater performances from this type of tax AND thanking him and the assemblymember for showing flexibility and understanding.
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