Texas Arts Advocacy Day 2019, Austin. Photo credit: Matt Stryker

Federal COVID-19 Relief Funding Webinar


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As Congress debates and releases relief packages to the states, much of it goes to the local government who then determines how to distribute the funding. How do you ensure that relief for the arts and culture sector is a priority for your local elected officials? Learn about federal and regional public funding available to arts and culture non-profits and artists as well as effective strategies to make your case from: Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Arts Action Fund; Brendon Anthony, Director, Texas Music Office, Office of the Governor; Shannon Ghangurde, TFA lobbyist; and TFA Board members Debbie Racca-Sittre, Director, City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, and Jon Hinojosa, Artistic & Executive Director, Say Sí, San Antonio.

This webinar will be held over Zoom and streamed via Facebook Live. It is scheduled for 60 minutes with additional time for Q&A.



Nina Ozlu Tunceli is both Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts as well as the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. For 27 years, Nina has served as the chief policy and advocacy strategist for Americans for the Arts and in 2004, she became the founding executive director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, an affiliated 501(c)(4) grassroots organization with a connected Political Action Committee—the only dedicated arts PAC in the country. Nina now mobilizes the political and legislative efforts of more than 450,000 citizen activist members in advancing arts policy issues to legislators and candidates seeking federal public office. After securing several arts funding provisions in the recently passed CARES Act, Nina is now providing daily technical assistance to thousands of artists and arts organizations in successfully tapping billions of dollars in relief aid.



As Director of the Texas Music Office, Brendon Anthony sets the agenda  for business development, helping music industry professionals navigate their entry into the Texas market, as well as moving their businesses to Texas (including corporations, start-ups, and everything in between). Appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015, Brendon provides the link between the Office of the Governor's Economic Development & Tourism Division executive staff, private sector music industry businesses, and non-governmental music organizations and trade associations. In addition to leading the Texas Music Office, Brendon is also the point person for the Music Friendly Communities program which helps connect the various music markets throughout the state with one another, establishes best practices for economic development success, and fosters the development and connection of higher education music programs to real-world music business opportunity. 



Shannon Ghangurde provides expert legislative consulting, advocacy, analysis and grassroots coordination for a wide range of both corporate and non-profit clients in sectors such as health care, energy, crime victims, mental health and substance abuse prevention, and the arts. A native Texan, Shannon graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Government, interning throughout her undergraduate years at the Texas Capitol. Shannon then attended Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C. Shannon brings nearly two decades of legislative experience as a committee director, policy expert and legal counsel for some of the Texas Legislature’s most powerful lawmakers.



Jon Hinojosa is an artist masquerading as an arts administrator. He is active in professional, local, regional and national creative youth development initiatives and has presented and facilitated learning at numerous conferences and symposia on the value, tangible evidence, and the transformative power the arts have on urban youth. Jon has prioritized youth voice throughout the organization's timeline, empowering SAY Sí's artists to drive the growth of the organization and take ownership of the internationally recognized programs. He hopes his legacy will be inspiring and educating the next generation of our nation's creative leaders.



Debbie Racca-Sittre was appointed Director of the City of San Antonio's Department of Arts & Culture in January 2017. She previously served as Interim Director of the department since April 2016. As interim director, she oversaw the department’s day-to-day operations, as well as the planning and execution of strategic initiatives related to arts and culture in San Antonio through the department’s main divisions: San Antonio Film Commission, Arts Funding Leadership, Cultural Events and Exhibitions, and Public Art San Antonio. In this role, Ms. Racca-Sittre led the $6 million City of San Antonio Art Funding Process in 2016, developed a strategic plan for the San Antonio Film Commission, and is currently leading a planning effort for the future of Centro de Artes and exploring the establishment of a music commission. 



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