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Advocacy Update! Final FY 11 Funding Levels—NEA, Arts Education, CPB

April 12, 2011 Advocacy from TCG & PAA

Congress finally reached an agreement on FY 11 spending late in the day Friday, averting at the last moment, a federal government shutdown. Today we were able to learn the breakdown of funding included in that bill: Both the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities are funded at $155 million (a cut of [...]

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Highlights from Arts Advocacy Day 2011

April 8, 2011 Advocacy from TCG & PAA

Every year TCG’s government programs staff and a group of member theatre leaders attend Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. This year marked the 24th annual gathering presented by Americans for the Arts, co-sponsored by TCG and other arts organizations. Arts Advocacy Day gathers and empowers a broad cross section of America’s cultural leaders. Hundreds [...]

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Reminder: Arts Advocacy Day Today and Tomorrow

April 4, 2011 Advocacy from TCG & PAA

Today, Kevin Spacey, Academy Award-winning actor and artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre, will deliver the 24th annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy. Arts Advocacy Day is an important opportunity to have our voices heard and to let congressional leaders know that the arts are important. Grants from the NEA create [...]

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NEA Funding in Jeopardy—Participate in Arts Advocacy Day from Home!

March 31, 2011 Advocacy from TCG & PAA

So far, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have failed to compromise in order to finalize a FY11 budget. There have been three short-term Continuing Resolutions (CR) passed in order to avoid a federal government shutdown. The current CR expires on April 8, and it is possible that Congress will pass yet [...]

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NEA Announces New Public Participation Analysis

March 11, 2011 Advocacy from TCG & PAA

A new analysis of data collected by the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) reveals that nearly 75 percent of American adults participate in the arts. This analysis includes a fuller spectrum of artistic genres and participation via electronic media and personal arts creation for a clearer, more accurate picture of arts [...]

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Nominations Open for 2011 Americans for the Arts’ Annual Leadership Awards

March 11, 2011 Advocacy from TCG & PAA

Presented each year in conjunction with the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, these awards recognize the achievements of individuals, organizations or programs committed to enriching their communities through the arts. Awards are presented in the following areas: Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award, Arts Education Award, Emerging Leader Award, Michael Newton Award for United [...]

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IRS Steps Up Enforcement of Foreign Artist Tax Withholding

March 10, 2011 Advocacy from TCG & PAA

TCG has learned that there are an increasing number of reports from artists, managers, agents and presenters that the IRS is contacting presenters and venues where non-resident foreign artists are scheduled to perform and directing them to withhold 30% of the foreign artists’ gross fee. The IRS is finding foreign artists on the internet and [...]

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White House Announces 2010 National Medal of Arts Recipients

March 9, 2011 Advocacy from TCG & PAA

On March 2, President Barack Obama announced ten recipients of the National Medal of Arts for their outstanding achievements and support of the arts. The National Medal of Arts is a White House initiative managed by the NEA and is the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. The 2010 National Medal of Arts Recipients: Individual [...]

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Several State Arts Councils in Jeopardy

February 28, 2011 Advocacy from TCG & PAA

In early February, Governor Sam Brownback signed an Executive Order abolishing the Kansas Arts Commission and replacing it with a private, not-for-profit organization. In Texas, Governor Rick Perry’s State of the State speech called for elimination of the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Historical Commission, because they don’t provide mission-critical services. South [...]

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NEA FY11 Appropriations–Contact Your Senators!

February 24, 2011 Advocacy from TCG & PAA

We reported on February 17 that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a $43.1 million cut to the NEA–this is a 25% reduction! The Senate will begin work to craft its spending bill on February 28. We hope, and expect, the NEA to fare better in the Senate bill. ALL U.S. Senators need to hear [...]

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