The International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) and the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO) are among the most recent AFM Local 47 member groups to send a clear message to Congress that the proposed defunding of the National Endowment of the Arts is not acceptable. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES (March 16, 2017) — STATEMENT FROM AFM LOCAL 47 PRESIDENT JOHN ACOSTA ON WHITE HOUSE PROPOSAL TO CUT NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS:
“Music brings people together; it touches our hearts and it moves us in ways that are difficult to quantify. The White House’s proposal to drastically cut the National Endowment for the Arts is misguided and poorly considered. It will have a negligible impact on the federal budget, but it will have a palpable impact on communities across the country.
“On average, every dollar the national endowment awards triggers nine dollars in matching funds from state, local, and charitable contributions, making it one of the most effective federal agencies we have. The programs funded by the NEA help promote arts and music education for underprivileged youth and they help bring programs to communities that can’t always support the arts on their own.
“At the American Federation of Musicians Local 47, we want to ensure that communities across the country continue to benefit from the enrichment and value that art brings into our lives, and we will work to maintain and expand federal funding for the NEA.”
– AFM Local 47 President John Acosta
CALL TO ACTION: MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017
Call your congressperson Monday to save the NEA.
Call your representative at their local office, or through the Capitol Switchboard in D.C. 202 224 3121 and tell them your name, your zip-code (so they know you live in their district), and your instrument if you play one. Ask your congressperson’s office what they will do to defend the National Endowment for the Arts, and urge them to do everything in their power to preserve access to the arts through this program.
Report Back after your call – Post a comment, tweet, and let others know when you take this important action on. #OrchestratedOpposition #SavetheNEA