Request your members of Congress sign onto the letters asking the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities be funded at a level of $170 million for fiscal year (FY) 2021.
In January 2020, the second session of the 116th Congress began and congressional appropriators have started the cycle for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 appropriations process. In each of the FY 2018, FY 2019, and FY 2020 cycles, the Trump administration sought to eliminate the NEA; however, Congress strongly rejected that proposal on a bipartisan basis each year, and actually increased NEA funding every year. In fact, FY 2020 saw the largest increase in funding for the NEA in six years and the highest level of funding for the Endowment in a decade! This increase can partially be attributed to the tremendous grassroots advocacy of arts advocates last year.
On February 6th, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees the funding for the NEA and many other federal cultural agencies, held a public witness hearing where Americans for the Arts Artists Committee Member and singer-songwriter Ben Folds and Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch submitted testimony asking the Subcommittee to increase funding for the NEA in FY 2021 to a level of $170 million.
The House Subcommittee is led by Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN) and David Joyce (R-OH) and the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee is led by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tom Udall (D-NM).
House Arts Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) are leading the NEA funding request letter in the House, and Senate Cultural Caucus Co-Char Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) is leading the NEA funding request letter in the Senate. Both letters propose that the NEA should be funded at $170 million for FY 2021.