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    February 11, 2020
  Amidst Bipartisan Support, Administration Seeks to Defund NEA  
  President's 2021 Budget Proposes Eliminating Cultural Agencies

Yesterday, the White House released its fiscal year 2021 budget proposal. For the fourth year in a row, the administration has proposed eliminating numerous cultural agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
In December 2019, due to strong bipartisan support, the House and Senate increased the budgets of both the NEA and the NEH by $7 million, appropriating $162 million to each agency for fiscal year 2020. The administration's budget proposal often serves as a blueprint for the president's priorities, without actually impacting the congressional appropriations process.
The Performing Arts Alliance continues to advocate on behalf of policies that support all the performing arts. As a National Partner for Arts Advocacy Day on March 31, Performing Arts Alliance is joining advocates from across the country in asking Congress to fund the NEA and NEH at $170 million for fiscal year 2021.
Please join us in reaching out to members of Congress and urging them to continue to support robust funding for the NEA.
FY2021 Budget Proposal
  • NEA: The budget requests $30 million to close out the agency.
  • NEH: The budget requests $33.4 million to close out the agency.
  • IMLS: The budget requests $23 million to close out the agency.
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting: The budget requests $58 million over two years to close out the agency.
  • State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: The budget requests $310 million, a reduction of $421 million from the current fiscal year.
  • The Assistance for Arts Education program at the U.S. Department of Education, currently funded at $30 million, would be defunded and consolidated into the Elementary and Secondary Education for the Disadvantaged Block Grant.
The Performing Arts Alliance (PAA) is a 501c4 multi-disciplinary coalition of national service organizations from the professional nonprofit performing arts field. Through legislative and grassroots action, PAA advocates before the U.S. Congress and key policy makers for national policies that enhance and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America.