As 2015 comes to a close, the Future of Music Coalition announced some positive news for musicians and music fans within the omnibus appropriations bill:
- Net Neutrality is safe for now. Despite hard lobbying by companies like Verizon and Comcast, provisions to keep the FCC from enforcing its Open Internet Order didn’t make it into the bill.
- The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was gifted line-item budget increase, bringing their total coffer to $148 million. (Arts advocates had argued for a $155 million budget as we approach the NEA’s 50th Anniversary.)
- Contained in the bill is a small boost for arts education.
For more information about these end of the year “wins” read the full article at http://futureofmusic.org/blog/2015/12/16/good-news-congress-net-neutrality-artsfunding.