City Exec. Directs Billboard Tax to Art

TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Executive Committee has endorsed a bold arts plan fielded by Councillor Gary Crawford. The plan includes $6 million new arts and culture investment for 2013 and bringing Toronto's per-capita to arts spending to $25 utilizing the third party sign tax revenue over the next 4 years.

With the final decision taking place at Council on Jan. 15th and 16th, Artists and Councillors are preparing for a massive art jam at the city on the evening of the 14th. (6-9pm, Committee Room 1

"Finally this budget includes $22.5 million, over the next few years, in new funding for the Arts. This money should be used to help make Toronto an even more attractive place to live -- and to invest and create jobs. It should also help engage young people across the City who find art as exciting as many kids find sports."
Mayor Rob Ford

"I am very pleased that Toronto's Executive Committee passed my motion to support a plan to put real dollars into a sustainable, ongoing and accountable increase to arts funding without impacting the 2013 budget. I congratulate all the hard work by the passionate, dedicated people who have waited patiently for this increase in arts funding to reach $25 per capita."
Councillor Gary Crawford

"These funds will enable Toronto to move forward toward our goal of a $25 per capita annual expenditure on the arts. The arts sector is a major generator of economic activity, and It is especially gratifying that we can now strengthen the sector without increasing property taxes. It's a big win for all Toronto!"
Councillor Michael Thompson, Chair of the Economic Development and Culture Committee.

"This is a real victory for the arts community who, with great passion and endless tenacity, never let the issue of fair funding for the arts community escape the notice of city council. The increased funding will help put Toronto on the global map as a creative city where the work of artists is respected and adds to our quality of life." Councillor Joe Mihevc

Photo Op:
'Collections' Jam and Town Hall
*Eve of City Budget Going to Council*
Jan. 14th 2013, 6-9pm City Hall
Committee Room 1

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