Creative Workforce Grants Available in Philadelphia

Philadelphia's Office Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, in conjunction with the Department of Commerce, announced a new grant program to support job creation in the creative sector.

Work Smarter: Getting the most from the Pennsylvania Cultural Data Project

If your main reason for entering data into the Pennsylvania Cultural Data Project (PACDP) has been to generate funder reports, you may be missing out on ways to use your organization's data to satisfy other reporting needs. This article will show you how PACDP data can be used to generate organization-specific annual, trend, and comparison reports as well as sector-wide research and advocacy reports.

PA's Budget Impasse Comes to a Close - For Now...

(October 12, 2009) - After months of painful debate, Governor Ed Rendell signed two bills into law late Friday night - one on taxes, and one on spending - that would finally bring Pennsylvania its long-awaited FY10 state budget of $27.8 billion.

Arts & Culture in Pennsylvania's FY2010 Budget

(October 9, 2009) Pennsylvania’s FY2010 budget has some good news and some bad news for the Commonwealth’s cultural community. 

State governments, like all sectors of the economy, have been hit hard by the national recession, and Pennsylvania is no exception.  Declining revenues and a difficult economy forced the state to create a leaner FY2010 budget, down $500 million from FY2009’s total of $28.3 billion.  This has led to cuts in many areas, including arts and culture.  This article outlines the status of arts and cultural funding in the recently-adopted FY2010 budget. 

Editorial: Another reason to resist the arts tax

Philadelphia Daily News
September 23, 2009

Eagles fans say they'd pay more to balance budget

Philadelphia Inquirer
September 21, 2009

Kids Lose First Without State Cultural Funding


State Legislature's Delay Affects Philadelphia's Cultural Funding

(Updated August 25) PHILADELPHIA -- On July 30th, Mayor Michael Nutter held a press conference to urge the Pennsylvania General Assembly to take action on legislation that would allow the city to move along with its Five Year Plan and close the $700 million budget gap. He noted that if the two proposed measures were not approved by the legislature and signed by Governor Rendell by August 15, the city would be forced to implement the draconian "Plan C" budget.

Mayor Nutter to Harrisburg: We Don't Want A "Plan C"

(July 30) PHILADELPHIA -- Today, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter took a tough stance on the General Assembly's inaction to pass two measures that would allow the city to move along with its Five Year Plan and close the $700 million budget gap.

PA House Approves Philadelphia Sales Tax Expansion

(August 5) HARRISBURG -- Today the PA House of Representatives approved legislation that would temporarily expand the sales tax in Philadelphia and allow the city to defer some of its pension plan payments in order to balance its FY2010 budget and five-year plan. The measure now moves to the PA Senate.