Which Massachusetts industries need economic recovery funds? Study seeks to determine impact of COVID

Mass. Cultural Council is launching a fifth survey of the state’s cultural institutions to take stock of the economic damage the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. More than 30,000 cultural sector jobs have been affected by COVID-19-related cancellations and closures, the organization said, and its November survey found a loss of more than $484 million in revenue for cultural organizations in Massachusetts.

“Our partners in state government look to Mass Cultural Council for reliable updates on the cultural sector; it is necessary to begin the new legislative session with updated COVID-19 economic impact data. Whether the topic is the FY22 state budget, the FY22 capital spending plan, newly filed legislation, or how to disseminate future federal COVID recovery funds in Massachusetts, Beacon Hill will soon be making incredibly important decisions,” the organization wrote. “Our goal is for these decisions to be made with a full understanding of the cultural sector’s needs.”

Mass. Cultural Council will keep its survey open until March 1.