The indispensable Americans for the Arts have just announced a merger with the Business Committee for the Arts. Together they will form what Crain's calls "the largest such group [arts advocacy] in the private sector."
I guess that's somewhat reassuring, going into a Recession.
Still, check out this stat referenced in the announcement:
“The private sector’s relationship with the arts has shifted dramatically in recent years,” said Robert Lynch, chief executive of Americans for the Arts. “Despite recent modest gains in overall giving, the market share of private funding for the arts is nearly one-third less than it was in the early 1990s....”Remember when those NEA cuts started way back when and the justification was that the private sector would pick up the tab?
And when did those cuts start? The early 1990s.