The Delaware Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is recommending a 20% reduction in grants to arts organizations, a far deeper cut than the average 4.5% proposed for other areas. Loss of a fifth of the grant funds from the Delaware Division of the Arts would severely impact arts organizations, including Coastal Concerts.
For Coastal Concerts, a 20% cut could necessitate higher ticket prices or reductions in services. Cuts might include a reduction from three to two in the number of scholarships we award to talented high school students; elimination of the popular school outreach programs that support Delaware's Arts Education standards; or curtailment of discounted concert admission for students, and for active duty and retired career military personnel.
You can help by voicing your concern to elected officials. Use the Delaware Arts Alliance’s Voter Voice tool to contact your representatives in Dover and let them know you’re opposed to disproportionate cuts for the arts. The arts make an important contribution to the quality of life, and economy, in our state.
Please act now, since the final budget will be set by June 30.
You can link to Voter Voice at http://www.delawareartsalliance.org/arts-a…/daa-votervoice/…
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