The Recording Academy goes to bat for music and the arts

Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow says the proposed budget cut affecting the National Endowment for the Arts is "shortsighted"
  • Neil Portnow at the 59th GRAMMY Awards in 2017
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    Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow
March 20, 2017 -- 7:00 am PDT

On March 16 the White House released its proposed 2018 budget, which slashes funding for more than 60 government programs. Disheartening to advocates for the arts, the budget cuts include the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among others.

As staunch advocates for music and the arts in our daily lives, The Recording Academy plans to issue a strong request to Congress, asking them to maintain funding for the NEA. Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow's full statement is as follows:

"Love of music and the arts brings us together, and celebrates the richness of American culture and our spirit of curiosity and creativity. Music and art serve as one of America's greatest exports, and support jobs for creators in cities, towns and rural areas across the country. The White House proposal to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts is shortsighted and alarming. The modest support that we provide to music and the arts is returned many times over, whether measured in jobs and economic impact, or sheer cultural enrichment and introspection. The Recording Academy will ask Congress to maintain funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and renew our commitment to America's creators."

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