National Endowment for the Arts

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Action Alerts:

May, 2017: Action Alert: FY17 Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Increases for NEA and Arts Education
The House Appropriations Committee released an omnibus appropriations bill on May 1, which is scheduled for votes in the House and Senate by the end of the week. Once funding for the current fiscal year is settled, Congress will swiftly turn its attention to FY18 funding priorities and shape its response to the Trump Administration’s proposal to eliminate funding for the NEA and NEH. Your advocacy has made a difference—please keep speaking up for the arts!
ACTION: Please take two minutes to contact your Members of Congress to voice support for NEA funding in both FY17 and FY18.

March, 2017: Action Alert: The President Proposes Mid-Year Cut to the NEA
Once again, President Trump has targeted the National Endowment for the Arts. On March 28, his Administration released a new proposal calling for $18 billion in cuts to federal agencies and programs in the current fiscal year. The proposal calls for a $15 million cut to the NEA which, if approved by Congress, would reduce its budget from $148 million to $133 million for FY17, which ends on September 30, 2017. The last time the NEA's budget was that low was in 2007. A mid-year cut does not allow for planning and is harmful to theatres serving their communities.
ACTION: Please take two minutes to contact your Members of Congress and let them know where you stand on this proposed funding cut. Tell them to oppose the Administration's destructive budget proposals for the NEA - for both FY17 and FY18.

March, 2017: Action Alert: The President Proposes Elimination of the NEA
On March 16, President Trump released his first budget proposal, which includes total elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. While the Administration’s goal may be to reduce federal spending, this short-sighted proposal would reduce spending by a tiny amount—the NEA represents only 0.004% of the federal budget—and would eliminate this very effective mechanism to leverage private funding—every NEA dollar generates an additional $9 from the private sector. The President's budget proposal is for FY18, and that this budget proposal is just the first step in the annual appropriations cycle. Historically, arts advocacy has generated significant bipartisan support for the NEA. But this support can continue only if we speak up with power and persuasion!
ACTION: The time has come to raise our voices, and we all need to step up! Contact your Representatives and urge them to reject the President's proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. Together, we can prevail - but only if we make our voices heard!

November, 2015: Action Alert: FY16 Appropriations! Congress recently passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government through December 11 at FY15 levels. Appropriators are now working on an omnibus spending bill for FY16. This spending bill will govern how the federal budget is distributed to various agencies and government programs. It’s important that legislators hear from the performing arts community! ACTION: Write your lawmakers and urge them to protect and advance the National Endowment for the Arts, Cultural Exchanges, and Arts Education.

6/30/15: NEA Appropriations Resume Next Week! (Targeted to House) Next week, the House of Representatives will resume debate of the FY16 Interior Appropriations Bill which contains $146 million for the NEA's budget. The last time the Interior bill was debated on the House floor was 2011; your Representative voted against an amendment to decrease NEA funding. As a member of the majority party, your Representative's vote was particularly important in 2011 and is needed again should any harmful amendments be introduced against the NEA. Please contact your Representative and ask for that same support next week! ACTION: Representatives are back in their districts for the July 4th recess. If you get a chance to meet with your legislator, thank him/her for supporting the NEA in the past and ask him/her to preserve NEA funding in FY16. You can also click here to send a letter to your Representative. Include a personal message and share the NEA-supported work your organization is doing in your community.

6/24/15: House to Debate Interior Bill Including the NEA Budget! Tomorrow, the full House of Representatives will consider the FY16 Interior spending bill which includes funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Both the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and the full Appropriations Committee approved $146 million for the NEA. When the Interior bill goes to the House floor, there may be hostile amendments introduced to decrease NEA funding. Members will debate the bill tomorrow, and any amendments that are introduced will be voted on after the July 4th recess. The FY16 appropriations cycle stands out from previous years because neither the Interior Subcommittee or full Appropriations Committee recommended a cut to the NEA. Also, this is the first time since 2011 that the House is following regular order and considering this appropriations bill. This normal procedure allows lawmakers to debate and vote on the bill and is an important opportunity for you to speak up and advocate for the arts. ACTION: Your participation is essential to warding off threats to funding. Contact your Representatives today and urge them to oppose any efforts to decrease NEA funding. Tell them about the importance of the NEA for encouraging public knowledge, education, understanding, and appreciation for the arts in America.

6/11/15: Senate Interior Appropriators to Consider FY16 Bill (Targeted to Senate Committee) Your Senator is debating the NEA budget next week! We're contacting you because your Senator serves on the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. Next Tuesday, June 16th at 2:30pm, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies will debate its FY16 appropriations bill which recommends the budget for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Take Action with PAA and ask the Senate to increase appropriations to $155 million. The federal government is still operating under sequestration which placed a cap on federal spending for 10 years. Currently, the NEA is funded at $146 million and just recently on June 10, Interior appropriators in the House recommended the same amount for the agency. This amount is the same that the NEA has received for the past four years and is also $2 million less than the President's recommendation of $148 million.    ACTION: It's important that your Senator hear from you before next Tuesday! Click this link and write a letter asking your Senator to support $155 million for the NEA in FY16. In the space provided, please include a personal message about the value of the NEA in supporting the performing arts in your community.

6/10/15: House Interior Appropriators to Consider FY16 Bill (Targeted to House Committee) Last Call to Tell House Appropriators to Support the NEA! The FY16 appropriations process for the National Endowment for the Arts starts today! This morning at 10:15am, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee meets to consider the FY16 Interior Appropriations bill which contains funding for the NEA. Today's activity is critical to the appropriations process as the subcommittee will set a dollar amount for the agency which begins the discussion of its budget for the next fiscal year. Currently, the NEA is funded at $146 million-the same amount it's received for the past four years-and the President requested a $2 million increase for the NEA in FY16. Join PAA and arts advocates in asking Congress to increase appropriations to $155 million. Last year, Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42) maintained level funding for the Agency, demonstrating his support for the arts in a difficult economic climate. The federal government is still operating under sequestration, which requires reductions in federal spending each year and limits Congress' ability to fund increases for agencies. ACTION: We're contacting you because your Representative serves on the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. It's important that your representative hear from you this morning! Click this link to send a letter to your legislator asking him or her to support $155M for the NEA in FY16. A space is provided for you to include a personal message about the value of the NEA in supporting the performing arts in your community.

6/9/15: NEA Appropriations Start Tomorrow! (Targeted to House Committee) Tell House Appropriators to Support the NEA! The FY16 appropriations process for the National Endowment for the Arts starts tomorrow! The House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the NEA's budget, begins consideration of the FY16 Interior Appropriations bill on Wednesday, June 10 at 10:15am. Tomorrow's activity is critical to the appropriations process as the subcommittee will set a dollar amount for the agency which begins the discussion of its budget for the next fiscal year. Currently, the NEA is funded at $146 million-the same amount it's received for the past four years-and the President requested a $2 million increase for the NEA in FY16. Join PAA and arts advocates in asking Congress to increase appropriations to $155 million. Last year, Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42) maintained level funding for the Agency, demonstrating his support for the arts in a difficult economic climate. The federal government is still operating under sequestration, which requires reductions in federal spending each year and limits Congress' ability to fund increases for agencies. ACTION: We're contacting you because your Representative serves on the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. It's important that your representative hear from you today! Click the link below to send a letter to your legislator asking him or her to support $155M for the NEA in FY16. A space is provided for you to include a personal message about the value of the NEA in supporting the performing arts in your community.

7/15/14: NEA Funding Restored in the House! On July 9th, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee which has jurisdiction over NEA funding, approved $138 million in FY15 funding for the NEA – representing an $8 million reduction from current funding. Thanks to your advocacy efforts, on July 15th, the full House Appropriations Committee restored the NEA’s FY15 budget to $146 million. While restoration to $146 million is a victory, PAA continues to advocate for $155 million for the NEA. ACTION: It is very important to maintain contact with elected officials to let them know about the impact of NEA grants to communities across the country. Sign up for Action Alerts on PAA's website.

6/12/14:Senate Confirms Dr. Jane Chu as New NEA Chair On June 12, 2014 the Senate voted to confirm Dr. Jane Chu as the next chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 2006, Dr. Chu has served as President and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. Many members of the Performing Arts Alliance have worked with her and are pleased that such a smart and engaging colleague with a deep knowledge and understanding of the performing arts field will lead the NEA. We await the President’s approval of the Senate’s vote which will make official Dr. Chu’s appointment to the chairmanship. The Performing Arts Alliance is confident that the NEA—and the arts in our nation—will be strengthened by her leadership. ACTION: Stay up to date on the latest performing arts advocacy news by signing up become a member of PAA.

3/5/14: President Releases FY15 Budget Request for NEA On March 5, 2014 President Obama released his FY15 budget request which included $146 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). His proposal represents level funding for the agency from FY14. Last year the President proposed $154.5 million but the House proposed allotting only $75 million for the agency. With your advocacy efforts, the NEA's final FY14 budget was announced at $146 million. PAA and the arts community continue to advocate for $155 million in funding for the NEA. ACTION: Read more about the FY15 Budget and NEA appropriations for in this PAA Advocacy Update.

1/17/14: FY14 Budget Victory for the NEA On Friday, January 17, 2014 President Obama signed into law the $1.1 trillion spending package passed a few days prior by the House and Senate. Lawmakers reached a deal on this spending package in December 2013 which allocates $146 million to the NEA for FY14. Due to your advocacy efforts, the NEA’s budget has recovered from the 5% cut it received in the FY13 sequester. ACTION: Read more about this win for the NEA in the PAA's monthly Advocacy Report for January.

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