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Funding the National Endowment for the Arts

Background on National Endowment for the Arts Advocacy

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is our nation’s chief supporter of the arts and celebrates the arts as a national priority, critical to America’s future. The arts have the power to transport audiences, unite communities, promote empathy and understanding, and humanize difference. For 50 years, the NEA has provided strategic leadership and investment in the arts through its core grant programs for dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theater, visual arts, and other programs.

Talking points:

  • Every congressional district has received the benefit of a NEA grant. These grants have supported arts activities for active-duty servicemembers, veterans, and their families; rural communities, and communities with socio-economic challenges.
  • NEA grants have a high return on investment: every $1 of grant funding is matched by almost $9 of private or other non-federal support. NEA investments factor into the arts and culture sector contributing 4.2% to the national GDP, an impressive $729 billion.
  • NEA funds connect communities by supporting partnerships between arts organizations and K-12 schools, colleges, and universities; as well as partnerships between state education agencies and state arts agencies. Approximately 40% of the NEA’s program funds are distributed through state arts agencies.

What We're Asking For Right Now

We urge Congress to:

Support funding for the NEA.

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Recent Activity

PAA Supports Increased FY24 Appropriation for NEA

The House and Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittees which have jurisdiction over National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) funding, will soon begin consideration of the FY24 Interior Appropriations bill. The Subcommittees set the dollar amount for the NEA that begins the formal appropriations process, and this is a critical step in this process!  If you are a constituent of a Member of Congress that serves on the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee or the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, we especially urge you to contact your elected officials to support NEA funding. 

The NEA’s current funding level is $207 million which reflects a significant increase from its FY22 funding level. The President has requested $211 million for the NEA’s FY24 appropriation. Arts advocates are urging Congress to support $211 million for the Endowment.

The Performing Arts Alliance urges you to contact your elected officials TODAY to support this increase and communicate the value of the NEA in supporting the performing arts in your community. The PAA participated in drafting an NEA Issue Brief to provide further information and encourage advocates to refer to it when personalizing your communication to Congress.

Exciting News About the NEA and NEH

New Appointees Announced for NEA and NEH

SVOG Application Update and NEA Grants

The Latest on SVOG and New Round of NEA Grants 

Contact Congress to Support Arts in NEW Relief Package

Contact Your Representatives to Ask for Support, Today. 

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