U.S. Rep. Robert Scott (D-Va.) pledged to continue funding the National Endowment of the Arts, something he confirmed is currently in jeopardy in the 2020 federal fiscal budget.

“The president’s budget for 2020 seeks again to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts,” Scott said during a May 21 speech following receiving NAMM’s SupportMusic Champion Award at the trade association’s Advocacy Fly-In in Washington, D.C. “It is not wasteful or unnecessary spending.”

Added Scott, “It is in fact going to be in the budget,” he said to a thunderous applause. “… We are going to make sure that gets funded again.”

Approximately 100 NAMM delegates take to Capitol Hill on May 22 to ask politicians to not only protect the National Endowment for the Arts, but also increase Title IV funding from its current $1.1 billion to a fully funded $1.65 billion.

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