Opera News features Opera Memphis

ArtsMemphis grantee Opera Memphis is featured in a recent article in the Opera News. Ned Canty, general director of Opera Memphis, says that Opera Memphis receives a $15,000 grant from the NEA for their "30 Days of Opera" festival.  If Donald J. Trump's administration's proposed changes to the federal tax code are passed, they may weaken incentives for the charitable donations that opera companies rely on for revenue.

“The people deciding whether to give you an NEA grant aren’t a bunch of bureaucrats but a jury of your peers who have a boots-on-the-ground knowledge of the field,” says Ned Canty, general director of Opera Memphis. “You can point to the grant and say, ‘It’s not just us. There’s something in this project that’s worthy of recognition.’”

In May, a bipartisan congressional bill not only assured NEA funding through FY2017 but tacked an additional $2 million onto the budget. It remains to be seen whether the NEA and NEH will be spared in the next budget. But at least for now, they can breathe a sigh of relief.

Check out the full article here.

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