Under the Trump administration, massive budget cuts have been made for the arts. What does this mean for music?
Public schools that are centered around music and the arts like The Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC will have a much harder time getting the funding they need.
I went to high school at The Fine Arts Center and while I was there, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley cut $1 million from the state’s support of the arts. So during my last couple years at FAC we had many more fundraisers than we had in the past to make up for the money we used to rely on.
The NEA, or National Endowment of the Arts, is a federal organization that supports all genres of music through performing ensembles and music presenting institutions. Their support ranges from professional symphonies to school ensembles.
In the past ten years, they have donated almost $40 million to help facilitate live performances and tours. Needless to say, the NEA is essential to helping people chase their passions, especially if they are at or near the poverty line.
In part of Trump’s $1 trillion budget cuts, the NEA will be dramatically changed. In response to this, Neil Portnow from The Recording Agency wrote to Congress, pleading for Trump to continue funding the NEA.
“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 Music Industry’s Response
Andrew Rafferty of NBC News
Jessica Whitman of Entertainment Weekly
Klisala Harrison, The Relationship of Poverty to Music
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