The Issue: Appropriations for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
All public broadcasting stations—large and small, urban and rural—are distinctive voices in their community that create informative and engaging programming for their audiences. Public broadcasting stations are heavily dependent on federal investment through Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) funding. Faced with continued budget reductions, many local stations have terminated workers, cancelled programming, and cut signal transmitters.
Local public radio and television stations in particular rely heavily on CPB funds to create unique and local programming not aired by their commercial counterparts. These stations play a critical role in bringing both classics and contemporary works of art to the American public. Local public stations also have longstanding partnerships with local music venues and performing arts societies, helping to extend the reach of artists in communities throughout the country.
In March, President Trump released a budget for FY2018, and this proposed budget shows an elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Corporation for National and Community Services (Americorps), among other federal agencies. This is just one step in the budget process through October of 2017. This proposal is a blueprint and will be considered by Congress, but like all proposals, Congress will be considering their own budget priorities—and likely without much regard to the administration’s request. Throughout this budgeting process, there are many points where Americans for the Arts, with arts advocates and partners from across the country, will be united in making sure Congress understands the impact of the arts in their states and districts.
Focus Forward Towards Solutions
- Be sure to read the Americans for the Arts statement regarding the proposed elimination of the NEA, NEH, CPB, and other cultural agencies.
- Find more details in the Public and Community Media Issue Brief (pdf) in the 2018 Congressional Arts Handbook.
- Key Senate and House Committees for CPB Funding
- FAQ section of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting