We're headed into the end of our 2018-19 Season, so save these important dates now!
June 22: EMACT Annual Meeting at Quannapowitt Players
July 11: DASH Nominations Webcast
August 24: Annual DASH Gala at Cary Hall in Lexington
EMACT is committed to providing an excellent experience for its members. In just the past few years we have provided DASH consultations and feedback on hundreds of shows, coordinated the annual DASH Gala, provided multiple free workshops and learning opportunities for our member groups, provided Member Assistance Grants to companies, and implemented a new online DASH application process, which will roll out with the 19-20 Season.
In order to keep up with inflation and increasing costs, it is necessary to increase our fee structure for both membership and the DASH program. Our last fee increase was more than eight years ago, and we anticipate this small increase will help EMACT to continue providing a great investment for our members. We hope that by providing this information ahead of the season, companies will be able to adjust accordingly.
Fees will change as follows:
Please be aware that EMACT will also be moving to an entirely online membership registration process for the 19-20 season, eliminating all paper forms. This will help us track payments, membership levels, and DASH requests far more efficiently.
The registration form for the 19-20 season will go live on EMACT’s website after our annual meeting on June 22, and we will send a reminder to all current members at that time as well. If you have any questions, please contact Membership Director Jenny Fielding at email@example.com.
Sen. Ed Kennedy of Lowell, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development, has filed amendments to the Senate Ways and Means budget for the coming fiscal year that would support Massachusetts Cultural Council – Amendments #686 and #832. Specifics on the amendments can be found here: https://massculturalcouncil.org/blog/advocate-in-the-state-senate/
Several EMACT member groups have asked for language to help advocate for these amendments, which is timely as the MA legislature will be taking these up this week. If you choose to contact your legislators, support language can be found at the link above, and EMACT President Celia Couture has also drafted the following response that member groups may use or amend as they see fit:
Dear (INSERT LEGISLATOR),
I am writing to you as the (INSERT ROLE) for (INSERT COMPANY). Please do what you can to help fund the Mass Cultural Council and Amendments #686 and #832. MCC is a vital part of the MA arts ecosystem and while funding has been strong, it could be better. As funding for the arts is stifled at the national level, we cannot afford to limit or decrease funding to our 501(c)3 non-profit arts organizations. Community theatre funding and programming for non-professional artists is essential to help a community thrive.
Please do what you can to rally your fellow legislators to support this funding. Community Theatre fills a need for so many communities who simply can’t afford the high price of tickets in our professional houses. Your support will go a long way to making the arts in our communities a reality.