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Government Affairs Committee Action Item Friday

If your organization has a government affairs board committee (spoiler: it should) it has no shortage of action items to address. Here are few that should be on your radar. One item of note comes from a recent Opera America email urging members to contact their members of congress to “share stories about how the charitable deduction supports opera, community initiatives and jobs.” They even provide a link to a form letter with copy urging representatives to preserve existing charitable giving incentives. Another item comes from Guidestar, which published an article by […]

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An Update On The White House Petitions To Save The NEA/NEH

Since last week’s post pointing out potential problems with the White House petitions requesting that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) not properly registering signatures, it seems that some registrations are being recorded (h/t Brian Wise). As of Sunday afternoon (2/5/17), one petition has 65,239 signatures while the other has 13,312. Personally, I find the former petition to be the better of the two but adding your name only takes moments so there’s really no reason not to sign both. If you haven’t […]

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Did You Sign The White House Petition To Save The NEA/NEH? If So, They May Not Have Counted Your Vote

According to an article by Christopher Hooton in the 1/23/17 edition of The Independent and later expanded on by Jillian Steinhauer in an article at, petitions requesting that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) at the WEthePEOPLE White House petition site are not properly registering signatures. Steinhauer ran her own tests and based on those results, it does appear that the petitions are not properly registering signatures. And in the spirit of troubleshooting, the first step in determining if there is a […]

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Brace For Impact: The Fight To Maintain Net Neutrality Heats Up (Again)

After dodging a bullet in 2014 over net neutrality (details), it looks like incoming fire is on the horizon thanks to the Trump Administration’s decision to install a forceful critic of net neutrality as the new chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). If proposing to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts wasn’t enough, the decision to install a FCC chair who has been a vocal proponent for giving internet service providers (ISP), such as Comcast and Time Warner, unregulated control over the speed users can connect with content (or filter […]

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Plans To Eliminate NEA & NEH Raises Alarm And Inspire Ire

Ever since the news that the Trump administration plans to eliminate the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) became public knowledge, responses from inside and out of the arts community have been swift. There’s a list of reports from mainstream media that examine how much arts and culture contribute to the financial and civic health of metropolitan areas. NEA, NEH have poured millions into Wisconsin;, Scott Gordon and Liz DiNovella Analysis: Cutting the NEA is first move to eliminate a free, open public realm; […]

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