Working Musicians Help Passage Of NEA Funding Bill
On May 18, the US House of Representatives passed an amendment to the Interior appropriations bill that added $5 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Thanks to the lobbying efforts of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), and its allies in the arts community, the House approved the measure. It will increase NEA funding in 2007 to $129.4 million. The bipartisan amendment was sponsored by representatives Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Christopher Shays (R-CT), Norm Dicks (D-WA), Jim Leach (R-IA), and David Price (D-NC). Furthermore, a later effort to cut $30 million from NEA funding was overwhelmingly defeated in a vote.
The AFM Office of Government Relations created a grass-roots campaign to alert House members to support this amendment. Thanks to the efforts of Federation members, hundreds of letters were sent to members of the House of Representatives. "Thanks to the support from working musicians, Congress recognized the valuable contribution that the NEA makes to society and rededicated itself to supporting the arts," said AFM President Thomas F. Lee. "Without the fervent support of AFM members, the passage of this bill would not have been possible."
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