Friday, February 18, 2011

Midwest Young Artists: NEA Funding Update

Allan has been struggling with next year’s budget all week, and I have been helping Sandra get the MYA E-Auction up and ready to start on Sunday!  Please check it out!  You might think of it as a way to make a donation and pick your premium, similar to campaigns for NPR. 

Thinking about next year's budget, I did write and send that letter to our elected officials this week about how cuts to the NEA would affect our organization.  Bottom line is that the funding we receive from the NEA supports at least one full time employee.  Funding from the Illinois Arts Council, which for many years was $30,000, has been cut back to almost nothing. 
Congress will begin a 10-day recess on February 18.  When they return, the U.S. Senate will begin consideration of their version of FY 2011 funding legislation as early as February 28.  Here is a link if you want to contact elected officials.  Now U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has been a strong supporter of the NEA and of MYA, specifically as he is on our Honorary Board.  You might want to contact him and ask for his continued support.  This is a link to information on how to contact elected officials. Link to Contact Elected Officials  

FYI, our newly elected representative, Congressman Robert Dold (R) did not vote for an  amendment to cut an additional $20.5 million from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) funding which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a close vote of 217-209The amendment offered by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) reduced the NEA budget to $124.5 million. This was after the House Appropriations Committee had already cut the NEA’s budget by $22.5 million before it even got to the floor.   

Concerts this weekend will be great!  Am looking forward to sitting back and listening to all the wonderful music!


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