On Thursday, March 16, President Donald Trump released his first federal budget plan. The budget’s call for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts which provide key grants for nonprofits and artists across the country. The proposal has sent shockwaves through the arts community.
Neil Portnow, President/CEO, The Recording Academy issued the following statement:
“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.”
The budget is still in the proposal stage and Congress must pass it in order for it to take effect.