The proposed budget by the new administration has been frightening to say the least. As long feared and rumored, the budget is slated defund over 60 government agencies, including the slashing budgets for arts funding within the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. It also plans to slash programs that affect low-income citizens, like Meals on Wheels.
Neil Portnow is the president of The Recording Academy, and today he has released a statement, and his eloquent words have explained how the artistic and creative community will plan to fight in the ensuing days ahead.
Check out the full statement below.
"Love of music and the arts brings us together, and celebrates the richness of American culture and our spirit of curiosity and creativity. Music and art serve as one of America’s greatest exports, and support jobs for creators in cities, towns and rural areas across the country. The White House proposal to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts is shortsighted and alarming. The modest support that we provide to music and the arts is returned many times over, whether measured in jobs and economic impact, or sheer cultural enrichment and introspection. The Recording Academy will ask Congress to maintain funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and renew our commitment to America’s creators.”