White House Proposes Eliminating NEA (again)

Although it comes as no surprise, the White House has once again proposed eliminating National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Ideally, everything will unfold in similar fashion as it did during last year’s assault.

Although President Trump has made it clear he thinks the Arts and Humanities are nothing but waste, it helps to remember that the previous GOP presidential candidate proposed the same course of action.

Trump On The Arts & Humanities: You’re Nothing But Waste

Romney Will Eliminate NEA Funding

Fortunately, there was an organized effort to remind representatives in Congress that yes, most Americans support and appreciate national arts funding

No Surprise: Trump Administration Still Wants To Eliminate The NEA. Here’s What You Can Do About It

As a result, Congress not only retained funding but increased the NEA and NEH appropriations by $2mm each.

Congress Pushes Back Against Arts Cuts

Stay tuned for what are sure to be renewed efforts to fight the latest round of cuts.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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