CTA: Letters of Support for SB 1116 to the Budget Committees!

by | May 3, 2022 | Call to Action | 4 comments

It’s time to make our voices heard!

UPDATE: We’ve made it even easier to be heard! Click here for our super-easy-to-use one-click messenger! Just fill in your details, click ‘send’ and your message of support will be sent to all members of the budget committees! 

Having achieved success in our first 2 legislative committees, we are moving into the budget phase of the process, and your support is more important than ever. At this point, we are not working toward specific committee deadlines, but instead have moved into the SOONER THE BETTER phase for submitting support letters.

Letters should be sent to 3 committees:

Please copy Kristi Lopez Kristi.Lopez@sen.ca.gov when you send your letters so she can keep a running track.

Click here to download a template for a Support Letter that you can personalize and send along.

The Chair and Vice Chair for each Committee are included in the top of the template letter, and you can email them to the addresses listed above.

This is a numbers game.

We want to demonstrate the wide support for this bill with a flood of letters. We need letters from across the state geographically, encompassing as many different genres as possible, different sizes and covering both individuals and organizations.  Help us spread the word by sharing this Call to Action as widely as possible!  Each Senator and Assembly person wants to know how proposed actions impact their direct constituents, so we want to make sure we hear from people all across the state!  If you can take a moment to personalize the letter to share how these funds could directly impact your organization or life, that’s great.  If you need to just go with the template as is, that’s good too.  The important thing is that you send a letter a show the support!

If you have not already done so, be sure to sign up for our email list and add your name to the list of bill supporters.

Thank you!


  1. Lynn Kerman

    I live in the rural county of Humboldt and have been involved with local theater here for almost 20 years. We have a vibrant theater community which is well supported by the people who live here. All the theaters were living on a tight budget before Covid and since have really been struggling do to closures and lack of funds. I am sure this is true all over the state. Having monetary support from the state would go far in helping the theaters stay open and thrive. As theater brings so much joy to all involved in the productions and the audiences, I urge you to pass SB1116 to keep our theaters open and vibrant.

  2. Matthew Clowry

    We are big fans of regional theater and performance spaces. Please fund them so we can continue to support them in the future.

  3. Hayley thirlwall

    I am a theatre teacher at a local high school, the arts are one of the most important locations to build community, create difficult conversation as well a creating a safe space for all who are involved.

  4. Brad Curtis

    Of all the industries that have been impacted by Covid 19, none have been hit as hard or have sustained a longer hardship than the arts. Here on the North Coast, our arts organizations are truly loved, are unique and valued. They make Humboldt County one of the most vibrant rural counties in the Golden State. They are an integral part of our daily life. While most businesses have adjusted and moved on to “business as usual”, the arts have not. Please help as we continue our fight to find a way back to some semblance of normal. Without your funding, it will be impossible. Already hundreds of arts organizations have gone out of business in California. The need is dire and time is not on our side.


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WHAT IS SB 1116?

SB 1116 establishes the Equitable Payroll Fund (EPF), which is a grant program designed to support Small Nonprofit Performing Arts Organizations (SNPAOs) – and workers directly – by providing substantial reimbursements of payroll expenses.

This program will support jobs for anyone hired as an employee by a SNPAO, including both production and non-production employees and administrative staff, not unlike the Payroll Protection Program and similar Federal and State relief efforts.

Read our fact sheet for more information.


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