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File #: 3005-2019    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/8/2019 In control: Finance Committee
On agenda: 11/25/2019 Final action: 11/27/2019
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department of Finance and Management to enter into contract with the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Inc. for the purpose of distributing Admissions Tax proceeds to provide funding for grants to artists and arts organizations that serve as the foundation for the city’s profile as a vibrant, inclusive city; to authorize the appropriation and expenditure up to $6,000,000.00 from the Creation, Innovation and Inclusion Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($6,000,000.00)
Attachments: 1. Ord 3005-2019 Legislation Template
Explanation

Background: This ordinance authorizes the Director of the Department of Finance and Management to enter into contract with the Greater Columbus Arts Council for the purpose of distributing Admissions Tax proceeds to provide funding for grants to artists and arts organizations that serve as the foundation for the city’s profile as a vibrant, inclusive city. These proceeds will be distributed from the Creation, Innovation and Inclusion Fund, which was established pursuant to Ord. 3378-2018.

The Creation, Innovation and Inclusion fund greatly increases the number of grants available to artists, events and nonprofits, thus enabling them to explore their creativity. Funds will be used by the Greater Columbus Arts Council to distribute grants to artists, and nonprofits contributing to the city’s creative culture and opening the doors of arts and culture for all residents. Funds will also be utilized to empower emerging artists and to further advance arts education within Columbus neighborhoods through programming at arts organizations. These funds will be disbursed through existing Greater Columbus Arts Council grant programs, including the following areas: operating support, project support, individual artist grants, and artist fellowships. Furthermore, these funds will provide support and resources through an international artist exchange, residency programs and workshops as well as any new programs designed for arts non-profits led by and primarily serving people of color.

As previously stated, City Council has established the Creation, Innovation and Inclusion fund pursuant to Ord 3378-2018. This fund will be supported by an admissions tax on entrance to events within the city. It is estimated that this tax will generate $6 million per year in resources.

Emergency action is requested so that Admissions Tax proceeds can be disbursed without delay to ensure that artistic programs in Columbus neighborhoods can receive the necessary funding as soon ...

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