Magazine article International Musician

AFM Solidifies Federal Arts Relationships

Magazine article International Musician

AFM Solidifies Federal Arts Relationships

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On August 25, AFM International President Ray Hair traveled to Washington, DC, to strengthen our ties with federal arts leaders. This full day of activity ended with solid gains in our relationships with two of our nations most historic and highly valued arts agencies.

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chair Dr. Jane Chu graciously hosted a meeting with AFM President Ray Hair and myself to discuss how the AFM and the NEA can work together moving the endowment's agenda. Chu, who is an accomplished pianist, studied music growing up. She eventually received a bachelor's degree in piano performance and music education from Ouachita Baptist University, as well as master's degrees in music and piano pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. Chu also holds a master's degree in business administration from Rockhurst University and a PhD in philanthropic studies from Indiana University.

Our meeting was also attended by National Endowment for the Arts Music & Opera Director Ann Meier, who is an accomplished vocalist, with a long list of outstanding vocal and administrative credits. After some discussion between Hair and Chu about their undergraduate and graduate studies in the North Texas area, the conversation shifted to NEA programs and how these programs support a broad range of community arts and professional organizations that help support the careers of AFM musicians. Chu also gave a quick overview of her newest initiative "Creativity Connects," which will examine how the arts are central to the nation's "creativity ecosystem" and investigate how support systems for the arts have changed. The project also will explore how the arts connect with other industries.

In addition, the NEA celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year and Chu extended a personal invitation to Hair to encourage AFM members to participate in the agency's "Tell Us Your Story" project. …

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