Unions Urge House to Vote YES on HR 8294

Published July 20, 2022   |  By Musical Artists  |  Post in All Areas

Today the House is scheduled to vote on the final passage of HR 8294, which includes the FY23 funding increase for the NEA and NEH. The vote will likely occur between 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. ET. 

Increased National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funding will improve the working lives of AGMA members and other union creative professionals and help our industries/local economies recover from the pandemic’s economic devastation.

As part of the Department for Professional Employees, our ultimate goal is to fund the NEA and NEH at $331 million, or $1 per capita. Increasing NEA and NEH funding to $207 million in FY23 is a meaningful step to reaching $331 million.

  • The NEA and NEH support good-paying, life-supporting jobs across the country. Increased funding means more job opportunities for union creative professionals in every state.
  • The NEA and NEH are critical to the recovery of the arts and entertainment industries, as well as local economies.
  • The NEA and NEH provide all Americans with access to artistic and educational content. 
  • The NEA and NEH are important to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts, entertainment, and media industries.