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5.73.030 Net Revenues Distribution.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 187339, effective October 16, 2015.)  Net Revenues will be paid by the Revenue Division to the Arts Education and Access Fund for distribution by the City as follows:

A.  First, funds shall be distributed to the School Districts for the purpose of hiring certified arts or music education teachers for elementary school students for Kindergarten through 5th grade (K-5).  Distribution shall be based on a ratio of one teacher for every 500 K-5 students at schools that serve Portland K-5 students, except that Charter schools shall be funded based on a ratio of one teacher for every 500 Portland K-5 students served by the Charter school. Students attending schools that receive no distribution of funds shall not be counted.  In the event that a school has less than 500 K-5 students, or in the case of Charter schools, less than 500 Portland K-5 students, funds shall be distributed on a pro rata basis based on the number of students attending that school.  Funds shall not be distributed to:

1.  Elementary schools within the School Districts that have no Portland K-5 students; and

2.  Elementary schools within the School Districts that have Portland K-5 students enrolled, but whose catchment does not overlap with the City of Portland’s geographical boundaries.

B.  Any funds remaining after distribution to the School Districts shall be distributed to the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC). The City shall execute a contract amendment with RACC to ensure the funds are spent as follows:

1.  Up to 95 percent of the remaining funds shall be distributed to RACC for grants to support non-profit Portland arts organizations that demonstrate artistic excellence, provide service to the community, show administrative and fiscal competence and provide a wide range of high-quality arts programs to the public.   RACC will make the determination as to which arts organizations shall be supported, in accordance with their contract with the City.  In the event that RACC distributes less than 95 percent of the funds to non-profit Portland arts organizations, the remaining funds shall be distributed for the purpose of providing grants and programs as described in Subsection 2. below.

2.  A minimum of 5 percent of the remaining funds shall be distributed to RACC for the purpose of providing grants and programs to non-profit arts organizations, other nonprofits and schools that will give access to high-quality arts experiences to Kindergarten through 12th grade students (K-12) and for grants and programs that will make arts and culture experiences available to Portland residents, with particular emphasis on programs directed to communities who are underserved by local arts providers. 

3.  These funds are in addition to existing and ongoing financial support from the City to RACC.