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Protect the Arts

Protect the Arts

A2_L0A0377   Venus showing as orchestra plays The Hill, a news source which covers Congress and politics, reports that the new administration intends to recommend to President Trump to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts which is only 0.003% of federal spending. Your Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is a recipient of NEA funding through a Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Operations Grant.

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Facts About the NEA 
  • The NEA’s annual budget of $148 million represents just 0.003% of federal spending.
  • In 2015 alone, the NEA awarded more than 2,300 grants to every Congressional district in the country, roughly half intended to reach underserved populations.
  • The NEA allocates 40% of its annual grant-making dollars to state and regional arts agencies. In Michigan, these dollars are allocated through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
  • NEA grants are allocated to every single congressional district, making an impact in every community large and small across the country. Every $1 distributed by the NEA leverages another $10 from other public and private sources.

The Arts & The National Economy 

  • The arts are a $704 billion industry.
  • The arts mean business, accounting for 4.2 percent of the nation’s annual GDP.
  • The arts deliver an economic advantage, generating a $24 billion annual trade surplus.
  • The arts equal jobs, employing 4.7 million workers.