The Creative Economy Revitalization Act (CERA): putting creative workers to work for community recovery
What is the Creative Economy Revitalization Act?
The Creative Economy Revitalization Act (CERA), H.R. 5019, is a bi-partisan bill to invest in jobs for artists and other creative workers in support of local economies harmed by COVID-19.
U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-NM) and U.S. Rep. Jay Obernolte (R-CA), along with Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced the bill.
CERA's specific, directed investment in creative workers will jumpstart local economies, reduce unemployment, and improve health and vibrancy of communities.
What would CERA do?
CERA would authorize $300m through a grant program at the U.S. Department of
Labor, in coordination with the National Endowment for the Arts.
These grants would go to local, state, and tribal agencies; workforce agencies; and
public or private nonprofit entities. They would support business initiatives to
employ creative workers.
The grant recipients would hire local creative workers to produce publicly available creative projects that meet community needs and priorities.
Projects could include public artworks, festivals, performances, visual and media art, arts education work, and written works that capture narratives from first responders and historically marginalized communities.
These projects will put creative workers to work, support local small businesses, create economic ripple effects, enrich and celebrate communities, and increase access to culture for all!
Why do our creative workers, businesses, and communities need CERA?
COVID-19 crushed local economies and particularly damaged creative businesses and displaced large numbers of creative workers.
What is the creative economy?
Over 675,000 for-profit and nonprofit creative businesses and 5.1 million artists, educators, entrepreneurs, vendors, policy makers and funders, that’s what!
Creative economies exist in every American community, powered by people who use their creativity to drive jobs, revenue, community resources, and cultural engagement.
Creatives work hard! 91% of all creative businesses are solo entrepreneurships, and a third of all creative workers are
independent contractors or gig workers.
The biggest action item at the moment is to support Leger Fernandez and Obernolte’s efforts to add co-sponsors in the House to CERA. There is an Action Alert below that you can use for that, or you can independently reach out to your Representative to encourage their co-sponsorship. Reps Lieu (CA), Pingree (ME), and Delauro (CT) have already come on as co-sponsors.
The Creative Economy Revitalization Act has now been officially introduced. It is HR 5019.
- Mark Takano (D-CA)
- Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA)
- Michelle Steel (R-CA)
- Joe Courtney (D-CT)
- Jahana Hayes (D-CT)
- Frederica Wilson (D-FL)
- Lucy McBath (D-GA)
- Rick Allen (R-GA)
- Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA)
- Russ Fulcher (R-ID)
- Mary Miller (R-IL)
- Frank Mrvan (D-IN)
- Jim Banks (R-IN)
- Victoria Spartz (R-IN)
- John Yarmuth (D-KY)
- James Comer (R-KY)
- Julia Letlow (R-LA)
- Kweisi Mfume (D-MD)
- Andy Levin (D-MI)
- Haley Stevens (D-MI)
- Tim Walberg (R-MI)
- Lisa McClain (R-MI)
- Ilhan Omar (D-MN)
- Alma Adams (D-NC)
- Kathy Manning (D-NC)
- Virginia Foxx (R-NC) – Ranking Member
- Gregory Murphy (R-NC)
- Madison Cawthorn (R-NC)
- Donald Norcross (D-NJ)
- Mikie Sherill (D-NJ)
- Gregorio Camacho Sablan (D-N. Marianas Islands)
- Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-NM)
- Joseph Morelle (D-NY)
- Mondaire Jones (D-NY)
- Jamaal Bowman (D-NY)
- Adriano Espaillat (D-NY)
- Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
- Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)
- Susan Wild (D-PA)
- Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
- Fred Keller (R-PA)
- Joe Wilson (R-SC)
- Diane Harshbarger (R-TN)
- Joaquin Castro (D-TX)
- Burgess Owens (R-UT)
- Bobby Scott (D-VA) – Chair
- Bob Good (R-VA)
- Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)
- Mark Pocan (D-WI)
- Glenn Grothman (R-WI)
- Scott Fitzgerald (R-WI)
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