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House Representatives from Hawaii, Michigan, Puerto Rico introduced the CREATE act to boost jobs and art businesses in the creative economy on February 8, 2024. 

Formally known as The Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy Act, if passed, this legislation would support artists, entrepreneurs, and workers in growing their businesses, accessing federal resources and funding, and expanding their networks with local communities.

The CREATE Act would:

  • Expand the Microloan Program qualifications to include artists and arts entrepreneurs, or small businesses, that support the creative economy;
  • Provide support to State, regional, and local art agencies, artist, and creative workers through traditional economic development tools;
  • Direct the Small Business Administration (SBA) to develop procedures on evaluating the business proposals and plans of non-employer business and small business concerns that focus on varying aspects with regard to the creative economy;
  • Additionally task the SBA with partnering with relevant stake holders to develop a technical assistance program that targets the specific needs of artist and arts entrepreneurs; and
  • Establish a demonstration program to assess the feasibility of providing planning grants support to local arts agencies and nonprofits.

This act is widely endorsed by businesses and organizations in the creative sector, including Etsy, eBay, The Recording Academy, Americans for the Arts, Arts Workers United, and the League of American Orchestras.

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