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March 2017

OVATION RECRUITS NATIONAL AND LOCAL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS FOR STAND FOR THE ARTS COALITION

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, American Alliance of Museums, Americans for the Arts, Film Independent, Ford’s Theatre Society, and Others Join in Solidarity to Raise Awareness and Support to Save the National Endowment for the Arts

Los Angeles, CA – March 16, 2017 – In response to recent reports regarding the possible defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Ovation has recruited the support of several high-profile, non-profit arts organizations and arts leaders for its 2017 STAND FOR THE ARTS campaign to raise awareness, protect access and encourage action on behalf of the arts and culture.  The Coalition includes:  Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, American Alliance of Museums, Americans for the Arts, Arts Action Fund, Arts for LA, Arts Orange County, California Arts Advocates, Californians for the Arts, Film Independent, Ford’s Theatre Society, The LAMP, National Dance Education Organization, National Guild for Community Arts Education, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition, Society of Voice Arts and Sciences, and California State Senator Ben Allen. (more…)

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STATEMENT FROM OVATION TV

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Los Angeles, CA – March 15, 2017: “The decision to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities is a new low point for the current Administration. By ignoring the voices of millions of Americans, and focusing on the ill-informed advice of organizations like The Heritage Foundation, President Trump has taken an ax to one of the best investments the federal government makes year in and year out. Rather than the short-sighted point of view that the arts are a frivolity or a luxury not worthy of federal funding, this Administration fails to recognize the well-documented fact that arts and culture industries generate $22.3 billion in revenue to local, state and federal governments every year, and create 4.13 million full-time jobs, generating $86.68 billion in household income. The arts are also one of America’s biggest exports. So, if the contention is that eliminating the NEA and NEH budgets are somehow going to save the federal government money, then someone needs to check the batteries in their calculator. According to 21st century economists, the arts are a valuable commodity for U.S. consumers, as well as a strong contributor to America’s economic vitality.”

— Liz Janneman, Executive Vice President, Network Strategy, Ovation TV.

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THE OVATION FOUNDATION CELEBRATES ACHIEVEMENTS OF FIVE CREATIVE ECONOMY innOVATION GRANT RECIPIENTS AT AWARDS CEREMONY

Minneapolis’ Juxtaposition Arts; New Orleans Video Access Center, Berkeley, CA’s Project H Design; Richmond, VA’s Storefront for Community Design; and Los Angeles’ WriteGirl Are Awarded $20,000 Each for Their Model Creative Economy Programs

Liz Janneman, Ovation; CA State Senator Ben Allen; Omeka Spooner, Kirshell Spooner, Darcy McKinnon and Biliana Grozdanova, New Orleans Video Access Center

Liz Janneman, President of The Ovation Foundation; CA State Senator Ben Allen; Omeka Spooner, Kirshell Spooner, Darcy McKinnon and Biliana Grozdanova, New Orleans Video Access Center

Los Angeles, CA – March 13, 2017 – At an awards ceremony and luncheon held in Downtown Los Angeles Friday, March 10, The Ovation Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Ovation TV, acknowledged the winners of its Creative Economy innOVATION Grant Awards Program. The program focused on recognizing model workforce development programs and projects that invest in preparing artists for jobs in creative industries.

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