Next Step in NEA Funding – Contact Your Senator Today!

June 16, 2015

Today the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee advanced a funding bill that includes level funding of $146 million in FY16 for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This mirrors action on the U.S. House side. The House Interior Subcommittee's recommendation on June 10 for level NEA funding was approved by the full House Appropriations Committee earlier today. Your Senator serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and will play a key role in setting this year's NEA funding level when the Committee convenes this Thursday, June 18.

The total pool of funds available for the committee to allocate to various accounts is subject to budget caps that make all non-defense spending vulnerable to reductions. Orchestras and the broader arts community are requesting an FY16 budget of $155 million for the NEA.

The League advocates on behalf of orchestras in support of NEA funding throughout the year, and in April we submitted annual written testimony to the Senate, highlighting the work of orchestra grantees throughout the country. Today, the Senate Subcommittee agreed that any amendments to the Interior bill will considered when the full Committee gathers to debate the bill on Thursday. Now is the time for orchestra advocates to speak up and remind these key Senators how essential the NEA's support is to increasing access to music in communities nationwide.

Please use the League's online Advocacy Center to tell your Senator how important NEA funding is to your community and to the nation. Your voice matters!

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