2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
January 7, 2016 - Introduced by Representatives Petryk, Ballweg, Rohrkaste,
Spiros, Berceau, Billings, Genrich, Kolste, Mason, Ohnstad, Shankland
and C. Taylor, cosponsored by Senators Harsdorf,
Bewley, Hansen, C. Larson, Lassa, Miller, Shilling, L. Taylor, Vinehout
and Petrowski. Referred to Committee on Jobs and the Economy.
1An Act to create
20.380 (3) (dm) and 41.567 of the statutes; relating to: a grant
2program to support creative industries, job creation, or economic development
3in this state and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill creates a grant program administered by the Arts Board in the
Department of Tourism. The bill requires the Arts Board to award grants on a
competitive basis to businesses, arts organizations, local arts agencies, and business
development organizations or associations that work to promote any of the following
1. Individuals or organizations whose products or services have an origin in
artistic, cultural, creative, or aesthetic content.
2. Job creation.
3. Economic development.
Under the bill, such a grant may not exceed $40,000, and the bill prohibits the
Arts Board from awarding a grant unless the proposed grant recipient has secured
from nonstate sources an amount equal to at least twice the amount of the proposed
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 2
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.380 (3) (dm) of the statutes is created to read:
(dm) Creative economy development initiative grants.
As a 5
continuing appropriation, the amounts in the schedule for creative economy 6
development initiative grants under s. 41.567.
41.567 of the statutes is created to read:
841.567 Creative economy development initiative grants. (1)
In this 9
(a) "Creative industry" means any of the following whose products or services 11
have an origin in artistic, cultural, creative, or aesthetic content:
1. An organization or business, whether operated for profit or not for profit.
2. An individual.
(b) "Local arts agency" means an organization that represents local arts 15
From the appropriation under s. 20.380 (3) (dm), the board shall award 17
creative economy development initiative grants on a competitive basis to businesses, 18
arts organizations, local arts agencies, and business development organizations or 19
associations that work to promote creative industries, job creation, or economic
development in this state. A grant awarded under this subsection may not exceed 2
The board may not award a grant under sub. (2) unless the business, arts 4
organization, local arts agency, or business development organization or association 5
has secured from nonstate sources an amount equal to at least twice the amount of 6
the proposed grant.
(1) Effectiveness report.
The arts board shall develop a matrix to evaluate 9
the effectiveness of creative economy development initiative grants awarded under 10
section 41.567 of the statutes, as created by this act, and shall submit a report on the 11
effectiveness of the creative economy development initiative grants, as determined 12
using the matrix developed under this subsection, to the joint committee on finance 13
no later than May 1, 2017.