DCA Budget Update and a SPECIAL REQUEST
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:00 AM


Baseline DCA Budget FY14 Per November Plan

Historically, previous Mayors have presented a preliminary City budget that only includes a portion of the funding required for DCA to operate in the upcoming year; this is commonly known as the “baseline funding” and the remainder of DCA’s funding is restored by the Council and Administration after extensive negotiations. This year, Mayor de Blasio kept the overwhelming majority of Council restorations for DCA in the FY15 Preliminary City budget, thereby increasing the BASELINE from which future DCA budgets will be negotiated.

FY15 DCA Budget Breakdown

City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, who also Chairs the Committee on Cultural Affairs, urged the Agency to appeal for more funding. A.R.T./New York will seek full restoration of $7.9M to the DCA budget in FY15.


While we are thrilled that DCA funding has not been seriously cut, we are dealing with a new City Council, and many of them are anxious to know about the cultural activity in their districts. While there may not be a theatre in every City Council district, we know that our community lives throughout New York City. Each A.R.T./New York member should be able to tell members of the City Council the number of employees (full- and part-time) who live in various Council Districts and Boroughs. And as your representative, A.R.T./New York needs to let each Council member know how many of our members and their staff live in each Council District. This is critical data, and we need you to help us collect it.

Please ask each of your staff members to find out what their City Council voting district is with this tool: http://council.nyc.gov/html/members/members.shtml

Then have them let us know by completing the A.R.T./New York Member Employee City Council District Survey: https://artny.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_163271