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AB-580 Arts Council: grants.(2013-2014)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Life in this state is enriched by art, innovation, and creativity.
(b) The source of art is in the natural flow of the human mind, but realizing craft and beauty is demanding, and the people of the state desire to encourage and nourish these skills wherever they occur, to the intrinsic and extrinsic benefit of all.
(c) Every dollar in state support for the arts leverages seven dollars ($7) in earned and contributed revenue, and brings back more than three dollars ($3) in taxes to state and local government entities.
(d) California’s cultural enterprises provide nearly 500,891 jobs for its residents, accounting for 7.6 percent of total employment.
(e) Nonprofit arts organizations contribute nine billion four hundred thousand dollars ($9,000,400,000) to the state’s economy.
(f) Nonprofit arts organizations are a partner to the creative industries and play a key role in the 21st Century workforce and the global economy, including in the fields of architecture, advertising, consulting, education, performing arts, museums, and other cultural industries; design, including electronic design, software development, film, games, including computer games, historic preservation, music, new media, publishing, radio, television, and tourism.
(g) An investment in the arts and the creative economy industries can revitalize a neighborhood or area by accomplishing all of the following:
(1) Stimulating the economy.
(2) Engaging residents.
(3) Drawing tourists.
(4) Providing a sense of community.
(5) Serving as a gathering place.
(6) Encouraging creativity.
(7) Strengthening community partnerships.
(8) Promoting the arts and supporting artists.
(9) Developing a positive image for the area.
(10) Enhancing property values.
(11) Capitalizing on local cultural, economic, and social assets.
(12) Creating jobs.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8753.6 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8753.6.
 Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, the General Fund is hereby continuously appropriated to the Arts Council in the amount of seventy-five million dollars ($75,000,000) in each fiscal year. These funds shall be used only to issue grants to further the arts, as otherwise authorized to be issued under this chapter.