IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 27, 2021
Mr. Luján (for himself, Mr. Heinrich, Mr. Padilla, and Mrs. Gillibrand) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To direct the Secretary of Labor, in consultation with the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts, to award grants for arts and creative workforce programs.
This Act may be cited as the
Creative Economy Revitalization Act.
National grants for arts and creative workforce programs
Subtitle D of title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3221 et seq.) is amended—
by redesignating section 172 (29 U.S.C. 3227) as section 173; and
by inserting after section 171 (29 U.S.C. 3226) the following:
National grants for arts and creative workforce programs
From the amounts appropriated under subsection (f), Secretary, in consultation with the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts, shall award grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible entities to carry out the arts and creative workforce programs described in subsection (c)(1).
To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an eligible entity shall submit to the Secretary and the Chairperson an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary and the Chairperson may require, which shall include—
a description of the arts and creative workforce program the eligible entity plans to carry out with the grant, including—
a description of the final product and how such product will be made accessible to the public;
the proposed number of employees the program will employ, including a description of the creative workers the program will employ;
the number of such proposed employees who have barriers to employment and a description of such barriers; and
whether the eligible entity will be working in coordination with a State board or a local board to employ individuals under the program, and a description of such coordination; and
a good-faith certification that—
during the grant period and during the 2-year period beginning after the such grant period—
the eligible entity will not outsource or offshore jobs for the arts and creative workforce program carried out with the grant; and
the eligible entity will not abrogate existing collective bargaining agreements of employees of such program; and
the eligible entity will remain neutral in any union organizing effort by the employees of such program during the grant period; and
in carrying out such program, the eligible entity will comply with the wage and safety standards described in subsections (n) and (m) of section 5 of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 954).
Uses of funds
Arts and creative workforce programs
An eligible entity that receives a grant under this section shall use such grant to carry out an arts and creative workforce program that—
provide art or arts programming that is publicly available and accessible to other individuals by the eligible entity; and
employ individuals in the labor market area served by the eligible entity, which may include the use of such grant to cover the cost of wages for such individuals; and
outdoor events for the community (such as concerts, street fairs, art fairs, community arts events, performances, live music, or other arts-based activities);
interviews and written stories that capture and document the history of the United States—
through photographs, narratives, storytelling, murals, films, plays, and other media; and
that illuminate narratives of first responders during the COVID–19 pandemic, or marginalized narratives and histories of all individuals, regardless of income, age, race, religion, legal status, sexual orientation, or gender identity;
temporary or permanent visual, literary, or performative public artworks celebrating community identity, such as—
two- and three-dimensional visual artworks such as murals, painted benches, sculptures, and statues;
interactive or sound-based artworks; and
performative artworks like concerts, readings, festivals, or displays of dance or theater;
poetry, writing, photography, theater, visual or media arts, or dance exhibitions; and
programs and works that support the arts in both schools and community cultural spaces (including arts-integrated teaching, place-based arts and cultural practice, intergenerational education, oral histories, and the preservation of folk traditions that elevate a community’s history and culture, including on Tribal land).
Limitation on administrative costs
Not more than 5 percent of the funds appropriated under subsection (f) for a fiscal year may be used for administrative costs by the Secretary.
Not later than 1 year after the first grant is awarded under this section, and each year thereafter, the Secretary shall report to Congress on the outcomes of the programs funded under this section for the preceding year, including—
the number of grants awarded for such year to eligible entities, disaggregated by the type of eligible entity listed in subsection (g)(2); and
a description of each program assisted with such a grant, including—
the geographic location of the program;
the length of employment of an individual who is employed by the program;
the percentage of such individuals who are in unsubsidized employment during the second quarter after exit from the program;
the percentage of such individuals who are in unsubsidized employment during the fourth quarter after exit from the program; and
the median earnings of such individuals who are in unsubsidized employment during the second quarter after exit from the program.
In accordance with section 200.315 of title 2, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulation), and notwithstanding section 2900.13 of such title (or any successor regulation), an author of a work that is created under any program funded under this section and for which copyright protection is available under title 17, United States Code, shall retain ownership of the copyright to that work for the purposes of that title. The Federal Government may—
obtain, reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the work produced under this section; and
authorize another to receive, reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the work for a Federal purpose.
Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated $300,000,000 to carry out this section for fiscal years 2022 through 2024.
In this section:
The term creative worker—
means any individual who earns (or previously earned) income through creative, cultural, or artistic-based pursuits to produce ideas, content, goods, and services, without regard to whether such income is earned through employment as an independent contractor or as an employee for an employer; and
may include an art director, artist, animator, sculptor, writer, author, poet, photographer, musician, singer, producer, director, actor, announcer, storyteller, comedian, dancer, architect, designer, programmer, choreographer, or a technician, backstage or behind-the-scenes staff, curator, or other support staff who make creative work possible.
The term eligible entity means—
a local area (or local board);
an entity described in section 166(c);
a public or private nonprofit agency or organization (including a consortium of such agencies or organizations) that employs, or supports the employment of, creative workers; or
a State workforce agency.
Authorization of funds for the NEA
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts such sums as may be necessary for such Chairperson to provide the consultation required under section 172 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, as amended by section 2.
Table of contents
The table of contents of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is amended by striking the item relating to section 172 and inserting the following:
172. National grants for arts and creative workforce programs.
173. Authorization of appropriations.