NEA's FY13 Budget Process Begins - Weigh in with Congress - (March 27, 2012)
Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a non-binding budget resolution, signaling the beginning of the Congressional budgetary process for the 2013 fiscal year. The resolution that is up for vote includes inflammatory language about cultural agencies such the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), asserting that the activities funded by these agencies "are generally enjoyed by people of higher income levels, making them a wealth transfer from poorer to wealthier citizens."
It is important to begin communicating with your Members of Congress in both the House and Senate to remind them just how effectively NEA grants enable organizations to reach otherwise underserved communities. Let your Members know, as well, how critical a role an NEA grant plays in the ability to raise additional funding.
Although budget resolutions are non-binding, which means the ultimate decisions about the federal budget are made by the Appropriations Committee, the statements in the House Budget Resolution regarding cultural agencies set a negative benchmark for Congressional priorities moving forward. The League, together with the Performing Arts Alliance, urges arts advocates to stay alert and engaged as the appropriations process transpires so that all Representatives and Senators remain well informed about their orchestras at home and the value of federal support for the arts.
The League is a member of the Performing Arts Alliance, a coalition of national performing arts service organizations dedicated to advocating for national policies that recognize, enhance, and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America