Smaller Arts Grants Awarded for PBS Shows

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 09:17 PM

Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza, the Revson Fountain, and LED text Grand Stair Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza (Mark Bussell)

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded significantly smaller grants to established PBS programs this year.

"Live From Lincoln Center" received no funding under the 2012 Arts in Media grants. Last year it received $100,000.

The Metropolitan Opera received $50,000 for its "Great Performances at the Met" telecasts. That's $100,000 less than last year.

WNET in New York received $50,000 for "American Masters," compared to $400,000 in 2011.

PBS President Paula Kerger tells The New York Times the cuts are disappointing. She says PBS will "have to scramble and try to fill the gap."

Other PBS programs that saw cuts were "The PBS NewsHour" and "Independent Lens."

The endowment did for the first time award large grants to gaming, mobile and web-based projects.


Information from: The New York Times,


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Comments [3]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS if what has been expressed is true, is a MISNOMER.
How can gaming, mobile and web-based projects NOW be given large grants when the museums and performing arts are left to forage for leftovers in Paradise Lost. AYN RAND it appears is the guru, albeit deceased, for the mischievous, greedy politicos and the one percenters who have bought dirt cheap this government and much of the communications industry. RUPERT MURDOCH inh Great Briton is rightfully scolded and denounced for his policies. If JUSTICE really prevailed, many at the bench today would be retired. We need a Roosevelt, FDR, idealism and funding for all the professions and jobs as he did in his terms of office in the 1930s and 1940s. Acquaintances of ours who had bought homes here in the USA, say that the current aura, current vibes, remind them of the GERMANY they lived in just before the NAZIS took command. Should greed be considered to be ALL-AMERICAN !!! The Germans of today realize the curse Nazism was for them. They are less likely than anyone to repeat that era of intolerance, hate, and slaughter. I have admiration for the German people and their Kunst. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer, and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where there is voice instruction and coaching of all Wagner's oeuvre of opera roles and coaching for all of the plays of Shakespeare.

May. 01 2012 06:25 PM
Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

So true...who needs to spend money on culture when it is so much easier to spend money to destroy it!

Apr. 30 2012 04:32 PM

no surprise here.. since we spend almost a trillion on wars and other forms of death, there's less to go around for the living.

Apr. 30 2012 03:19 PM

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