Dr. Jane Chu Confirmed as NEA Chair

June 12, 2014

Jane Chu was confirmed by the Senate today as the next Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Since 2006, she served as President and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. She comes with widely regarded knowledge and experience in community engagement and revitalization through the arts, as well as a strong understanding of the unique strengths and challenges of the nonprofit performing arts industry. 

Grants awarded to orchestras by the NEA provide critical funding for programs that increase public access to music in communities nationwide, preserve great classical works, support arts education for children and adults, and nurture the creative endeavors of contemporary classical musicians, composers, and conductors. NEA funding both directly supports local projects and also spurs critical giving from other sources like private foundations, corporations, and individual contributors. Last month, the Performing Arts Alliance, of which the League is a founding member, sent a letter  to Senate committee chair Sen. Harkin and ranking member Sen. Alexander to urge rapid floor consideration of Dr. Chu’s nomination. In addition, the League continues to advocate for increased funding for the NEA, submitting written testimony each year and regularly informing orchestras about grant opportunities and updates to guidelines. The nomination now awaits the President’s signature. Congratulations to Dr. Chu and the NEA!