ASAP

ARTIST STUDIO AFFORDABILITY PROJECT

ASAP IS AN ACTIVIST ORGANIZATION COMPOSED OF ARTISTS, ART WORKERS, EDUCATORS AND OTHER ARTS PROFESSIONALS DEVOTED TO PRESERVING AFFORDABLE WORKSPACES IN NEW YORK CITY 

Our Best Shot At Legislative Change

The Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA) could help all commercial lease holders in NYC, including artists (THAT MEANS YOU). It offers an opportunity to restore economic equality to our business owners, save our art and cultural institutions, maintain the character of our neighborhoods, save the best pathway to social mobility to the majority of low income families, and could even function as a brake on gentrificationSBJSA has the potential to do all this, while dealing with only one aspect of "small business": the lease renewal process.

 

How SBSJA Helps You

  • YOU COULD RENEW YOUR LEASE.

    • SBJSA would give tenants renewing commercial leases the right to demand a 10-year leaseFor artists, this would provide long-term stability, allowing us to focus on studio practice instead of subdividing, packing up, and moving our studios every year (or less).
       

  • YOU COULD FIGHT UNFAIR RENT HIKES. 

    • The bill would allow commercial tenants to bring lease renewals to arbitration if they think the terms are unacceptable. For artists, this could put an end to being easily pushed out of our studios by sudden,  unreasonable rent increases.  

  • YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE TO THROW AS MUCH MONEY DOWN. 

    • SBJSA would limit non-residential security deposits to two months' rent.
       
  • YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE TO KEEP THROWING AS MUCH MONEY DOWN.

    • The bill bans under-the-table cash extortion by landlords upon lease renewals (though we're not entirely sure how that one might work).
 

More than artists

Making New York City livable for artists means making New York City livable for everyone. We realize artists are not the first group of workers to feel the effects of unfair economics, and have tapped into preexisting activist networks for support. We have been working closely with the Small Business Congress, a long-time coalition of small business groups, to help pass this bill.   

 

Taking Action

The Small Business Jobs Survival Act is in committee in the New York City congress right now. To come up to vote, the bill needs 26 supporters. We're reaching out to council members to let them know we support this bill, and asking ASAP members to contact their council members and you should too.

Get involved!

ArtistStudioAP@gmail.com