Prepare for 2017: winter policy update and forecast
December 16, 2016
New Year's Resolution: engage all elected policymakers
Charitable giving policy in the first 100 days
Tax reform is at the very top of the agenda for both the new Administration and the Congress, prompting policy action on the charitable giving incentives that orchestras and the full array of nonprofit organizations rely on to fuel their service to communities. Earlier this week, tax policy leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives said that a new draft of a comprehensive reform proposal would be crafted within the first 100 days of the Trump Administration. Orchestras and their nonprofit partners are speaking up now to urge policy leaders in Washington to protect and expand incentives for charitable giving. Learn more and add your voice through the League's policy action center
Twice as many NEA and arts education decisions ahead for new Congress
When the new Congress takes office in January it will have two years of funding decisions simultaneously on its plate, as both FY17 and FY18 funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and federal arts education spending will be in play. Last week, the President signed into law a bill that temporarily funds the federal government through April 28, 2017 for the current spending year. While this action averted a government shutdown, all federal agencies are left waiting for a final resolution on their FY17 spending levels, and Congress will also need to start the FY18 budget process. As this week's latest announcement of NEA grants to orchestras shows, federal leadership in support of the arts makes an impact across the country. The League will keep you informed as the funding process moves ahead. In the meantime, view a new video showcasing the impact of the National Endowment for the Arts across its 50 years of work.
Traveling? New protected species rules for instruments
Instruments that contain ivory, rosewood, and other protected materials are subject to new rules when carried across international borders. The League has worked to improve the process for musicians and produced a webinar detailing the latest requirements in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. View the webinar here or read our comprehensive tips to access additional essential guidance.