For The Fourth Straight Year, White House Proposes Gutting Arts Funding. Here’s What You MUST Do About It.

It’s easy to get lulled into compliance and think that just because the White House has been waging an unsuccessful war on gutting arts funding, that we can let the resistance slide.

Trump: Get The F!ck OutOpera America gets the award for the first service org to send out an action alert to constituents warning about the proposed 2021 budget and the Trump administration’s desire to completely eliminate:

  • The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (PBS)

The good news is thanks to strong resistance to arts and culture cuts, arts and culture funding has not only stayed off the chopping block, it saw small increases via House and Senate appropriations.

This demonstrates just how effective targeted communication to elected officials can be. To that end, we’ll go with Opera America’s resource to accomplish that task.

I sent my messages out yesterday, now it’s your turn to submit and get at least one more person to do the same.

Write Your Members Of Congress

When you’re done, circle back and tweet this:

I just contacted my members of Congress urging them to continue to support robust funding for the NEA. Now it's your turn. Click to Tweet

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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