Georgia has become the number-one destination in the world for feature film production, as part of an overall arts and entertainment landscape that attracts scores of accomplished professionals and visitors to our state and generates tens of billions of dollars in economic activity each year. Stacey Abrams helped create a mixture of incentives and tax credits that spurred the film industry to flock to Georgia. Our state government should enhance its support of our creative sector and commit to prioritizing arts education in public schools, expanding public funding of the arts, and broadly supporting content creators, including the music industry.
Stacey is committed to continuing her leadership in attracting and growing film, entertainment, and the arts industries, and she will steadfastly resist any efforts to legalize discrimination that would needlessly cause these industries to stop investing in Georgia.
As Governor, Stacey will:
- Resist RFRA and all attempts to legalize discrimination
- Maintain state support of tax credits to attract film and entertainment companies
- Improve access and funding for training programs that support the workforce needs of the film industry
- Restore public funding for the arts to pre-recession levels and expand arts and STEAM education in every region of our state
- Support local solutions through assistance for artists, creative small businesses, and communities
- Commit to funding and advocating for access, inclusion, and equity in our arts sectors, including a statewide Percent for Art Program
- Award-winning author who penned eight novels and a bestselling memoir
- Voted for the film tax credit in 2008 and expansions to post-production companies
- Consistently opposed efforts like RFRA that would damage our film industry
- Co-sponsored legislation to restructure the Georgia Council for the Arts, diversify the Council and ensure inclusion of professionals from the arts community
- Co-sponsored legislation to expand local funding options for cultural organizations and cultural tourism projects
- As Deputy City Attorney for Atlanta, drafted legislation and helped guide implementation of the Percent for Art program to improve local investments.
- Co-sponsored resolution to create House Study Committee for minority participation in film industry
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