Many thanks to all who have so far taken part in the AFM’s Save the NEA campaign and emailed their Congressional representatives. During Arts Advocacy Day 2017, in Washington, DC, more than 600 delegates from across the US converged on Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of the NEA, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and a host of other federal agencies that serve as the foundation of America’s cultural heritage. On the heels of Arts Advocacy Day, many musicians and organizations sent letters to Capitol Hill in support of the NEA.
The White House “Skinny” federal budget proposal announced March 16, would cut 19 federal agencies, among them the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. National Endowment for the Arts grants support music programs around the country, from full orchestra concerts to educational events. (See AFM Symphonic Services Director Rochelle Skolnick’s article on page 11 for examples of some specific programs that were supported in 2016 and 2017.)
Over its 50-year existence, a significant number of NEA grants have gone to people with fewer opportunities in the arts. For example, 40% of NEA-supported activities take place in high poverty neighborhoods, 36% of grants go to organizations that reach underserved populations (people with disabilities, people in institutions, and veterans), and 33% serve low-income audiences.
Please continue to show your support for the NEA by writing to your members of Congress. Also, post to social media with #SupporttheNEA and raise awareness among your friends and colleagues. Tell everyone why the NEA matters to you.