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AFM Federal Focus: NEA Funding and International Travel with Instruments


This month’s column focuses on two critical issues that directly impact your business as an artist. The first is funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The second relates to updates to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) treaty.

United for the Arts

We are asking for your support in our new “United for the Arts” campaign to increase federal funding for the NEA and NEH. NEA grants are distributed to every congressional district in the country, supporting community musical festivals of all genres, as well as other popular arts events that hire AFM musicians. NEA grants also provide operational support to symphony orchestras and concert bands that work under AFM agreements.

The new campaign, initiated by the AFL-CIO Arts, Entertainment, and Media Industry Coordinating Committee (AEMI), is driven by the entertainment unions. The goal is for arts workers, including AFM musicians, to contact individual members of Congress and insist that they support the arts and NEA funded music programs in their respective congressional districts.

Through the AEMI Action Network Petition, US AFM members can contact members of Congress and ask them to support increased federal arts funding for FY 25, visit:

CITES Update Webinar

The AFM continues its partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) regarding the CITES treaty. Together, we provide critical CITES updates related to international travel with musical instruments.

A free CITES update webinar, brought to you in cooperation with our coalition partners at the League of American Orchestras, will take place Tuesday, May 7, at 3 p.m. eastern time.

This is an important webinar for US and Canadian musicians who engage in international travel with musical instruments containing endangered species components, as outlined on the USFW website. It will provide the latest updates on recently negotiated changes in CITES regulations.

Here is the link: If you’re not available for the live presentation, you can register to receive a recording. Don’t miss it!

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