Arts Funding:

Public Funding Profiles of the NEA States and Cities

GGD-92-35FS: Published: Dec 23, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 1991.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed federal, state, and local arts funding.

GAO found that: (1) the National Endowment for the Arts' (NEA) program funding varied slightly for the period between fiscal year (FY) 1986 and FY 1987, increasing 3.8 percent, from $143.7 million to $149.2 million; (2) NEA program funding increased less than 1 percent each year from FY 1987 through FY 1991 and funding decreased 1.3 percent, to $150.5 million between FY 1991 and FY 1992; (3) legislative requirements for FY 1991 increased the share of funding that NEA provides to its state and regional program by 25 percent of total NEA program funds, increasing state and regional program funding from $26.1 million in FY 1990 to $31.5 million in FY 1991; (4) legislation also required NEA to use 5 percent of its program funds for a new program for artistically underserved inner-city and rural areas, amounting to $6.3 million in FY 1991; (5) for FY 1986 through FY 1990, state and territorial funding for the arts increased by 49.4 percent, rising from $195.6 million in FY 1986 to $292.3 million in FY 1990; (6) between FY 1990 and FY 1991, total state and territorial funding decreased 6.4 percent, from $292.3 million to $273.7 million, and continued to decline between FY 1991 and FY 1992, from $273.7 million to $214.7 million; (7) for FY 1986 through FY 1992, state and territorial funding increased by 9.8 percent, from $195.6 million to $214.7 million; and (8) for FY 1989 through FY 1991, 49 cities increased arts funding by an average of 15 percent, to a total of $188.7 million.

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