CONGRESS ON TRACK TO PASS RECORD LEVEL FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
December 22, 2022 – The Creative Coalition is thrilled to announce that Congress is on track to pass a record level of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts for the upcoming fiscal year. Senior members of the Appropriations Committees of the United States Senate and House of Representatives released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that is expected to pass in the coming days. The bill includes $207 million for the National Endowment for the Arts as proposed by the House earlier this year. $207 million for the National Endowment for the Arts in FY 2023 amounts to an increase of $27 million over the previous year’s level; this funding amount represents the highest in real dollars the National Endowment for the Arts has ever received from Congress.
This milestone follows a successful visit this spring by The Creative Coalition’s 2022 #RightToBearArts Capitol Hill Day delegates to Washington, DC to meet with legislators and White House officials to advocate for an increase in this necessary funding. The Creative Coalition continued to advocate for the House’s proposed $207 million for the National Endowment for the Arts throughout the appropriations process. Ongoing funding increases for the National Endowment for the Arts are fundamental to the recovery and expansion of arts organizations across the country since experiencing setbacks caused by the pandemic.
Tim Daly, Actor and President of The Creative Coalition, stated, “Funding the arts is necessary to improve and expand opportunities for Americans of all backgrounds. With this record level of funding, we take another step to ensure growth in creativity and educational programs across the nation. By calling for this essential funding, we have the ability to benefit every facet of American society.”
“This record investment in the creative economy will allow for the arts to flourish throughout the nation,” said Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition. “Starting from childhood and continuing through life, participating in the arts has shown tremendous benefits to all Americans. This funding will ensure new opportunities through the arts and promote social welfare through new creative and educational partnerships.”
The Senate is expected to pass the FY 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill before sending it to the House of Representatives for final passage. It will then go to President Biden for signing.
Matt Goodman, The Lead PR
About The Creative Coalition
The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nonpartisan charity of the entertainment industry dedicated to using the power and platform of the arts and entertainment communities in award-winning public service and advocacy campaigns. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President. www.TheCreativeCoalition.org
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