House Subcommittee Advances $8M Cut for NEA FY15 Budget
July 10, 2014
The House Interior Subcommittee on Appropriations approved its funding bill yesterday, which includes an $8 million decrease in the FY15 budget for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This proposed cut, while not the drastic 49% reduction that the Subcommittee recommended last year, would be the lowest budget for the NEA since FY08.
Tell your elected officials how important NEA funding is to communities. Direct grants from the NEA to orchestras, as well as support to state arts agencies, enable public access to performances, preserve great classical works, bolster arts education for children and adults, and support the creative endeavors of contemporary classical musicians, composers, and conductors.
The full House Appropriations committee will consider the bill on the morning of Tuesday, July 15, at which point amendments are likely to be offered on a range of budgetary items. If approved by the committee, the entire Interior funding bill will then advance to the full House for a vote. The House and Senate would each need to complete their respective bills before the fiscal year ends on September 30, so this is an opportune moment to speak up in support of public funding for the arts to your Representative and Senators.