Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of a $100 million New York City Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit, designed to help revitalize the industry that pre-pandemic contributed over $14 billion to the New York City economy annually.
Since the program was first announced as part of the FY 2022 Budget, at least 35 productions have announced opening performance plans for this year.
"New York is not 'New York' without theatre, but for more than a year and a half visitors and residents were unable to enjoy the unparalleled experience of a live stage performance," Governor Cuomo said. "Theatrical productions support thousands of jobs and showcase performances and artists that reflect our state's great talent and diversity. With the state's coronavirus restrictions lifted, these tax credits will help to restart this quintessentially New York industry more quickly."
The New York City Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit is a two-year program designed to support the entertainment and tourism industries in New York City. The program will offset some of the costs associated with producing a show, including costs for sets, costumes, wardrobes, makeup, technical support, salaries, sound, lighting, and staging.
Eligible companies can receive tax credits of 25% of qualified production expenditures. First-year program applicants can receive up to $3 million per production, with second year applications being eligible for up to $1.5 million.
All participants are required to take part in a New York State diversity and arts job training program and expand opportunities for low-income New Yorkers to access productions at low or no-cost. Highly profitable participating productions will increase access to art and cultural programs by contributing to a cultural access fund.
Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said, "Governor Cuomo's support of Broadway during the pandemic has been vital to the industry's survival. His announcement comes at a perfect moment for New York. This unprecedented initiative will increase access to Broadway shows for New York State residents and create new career pathways in our industry. We're gratified for the Governor's enthusiastic support of Broadway and investment in the industry's workforce, which are so vital to the economic and cultural health of New York State."
Prior to the pandemic, Broadway theatres welcomed a collective audience of nearly 250,000 people each week, while the industry supported more than 90,000 local jobs.
The New York City Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit Programs is part of a comprehensive package of economic recovery initiatives announced in April as part of the FY2022 Budget to help restart the State's economy and support the recovery of New York's businesses.
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