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Monday, June 20, 2011

Arts Funding in Transition

Two interesting readings on the state of government arts funding, at home and abroad.

Sarah Lutman alerts us to potential changes in the charitable giving rules of the Federal Tax Code. To grasp how much this can effect arts orgs, consider this stat she cites: "Households with annual incomes under $100,000 give about one percent of their total donations to the arts, while those over $200,000 give 15 percent to the arts." Wow, no wonder we are dominated by "patrons."

And Michael Kaiser goes across the Atlantic and tells us some of the differences between our NEA and their Department of Culture, Media and Sport. (Nice combination there--almost as good as "Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms." And no two agencies highlight the differences between our two countries more, eh?)

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