Actors' Equity Association has released the following statement from union President Kate Shindle on the need for Congress to pass an appropriations bill with funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The current continuing resolution that funds the government expires Feb. 18.
"Our industry remains in a state of emergency. Congress should use this moment to approve funding for the National Endowment for the Arts at the proposed $201 million. Every penny of investment in local arts institutions is crucial to rebuilding economies across the country, as thousands of nearby small businesses also rely on the success of live performance for their own survival. Equity remains committed to our goal of funding the NEA at $331, or $1 per capita."