Art$, Education and the 21st Century Economy
Lawrence O’Donnell, Jr., actors Joe Pantoliano and
Tim Blake Nelson, Governor Mike Huckabee, Charles Stone III and Congressman Mark Foley
Moderated by Tucker Carlson
Hosted by Chris Lawford

New York City, NY (August 31, 2004) – The Creative Coalition will host this invitation-only forum for Republican leaders which will address the issue of public funding for the arts during the upcoming Republican National Convention. This event is slated to bring together – for the first time during the Convention week — national leaders from the entertainment, arts, policy and business arenas — to address U.S. investment in the arts and arts education, and their effect on the national economy. Co-hosts of the event are NAMM, Music for All Foundation, and Americans for the Arts.

Details of this invitation-only VIP event are as follows:

WHAT: Art$, Education and the 21st Century Economy with Joe Pantoliano, Tim Blake Nelson, Lawrence O’Donnell, Jr., Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Congressman Mark Foley

Moderated by Tucker Carlson and Hosted by Chris Lawford

WHERE: Carolines on Broadway (1626 Broadway @ 49th Street; New York City)

WHEN: Tuesday, August 31, 2004; 2:30 pm

PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE. For press credentials please contact Gibson Patterson (310) 722-6060. For tickets and additional information, please contact (212) 614-2121. Space is limited.

The Creative Coalition is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance. The Creative Coalition, headquartered in New York City, also has offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Creative Coalition does not endorse or raise funds for political parties or candidates.

The Music for All Foundation is a national non-profit organization committed to expanding the role of music and the arts in education, to heightening the public’s appreciation of the value of music and arts education, and to creating a positive environment for the arts through societal change.

The International Music Products Association, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization’s popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $16 billion global musical instruments and products industry. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 8,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM, interested parties can visit www.namm.com or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it has a record of more than 40 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.

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Contacts: Gibson Patterson, The Creative Coalition (212) 614-2505 (310) 722-6060