Alec Baldwin, Ben Folds to press Congress for arts funding
Alec Baldwin poses backstage with the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series for "30 Rock" at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday Jan. 29, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Published Monday, April 16, 2012 3:29PM EDT
WASHINGTON - Alec Baldwin and musician Ben Folds are in Washington to press for increased funding for the arts that have been cut in recent years as Congress and the White House have searched for ways to reduce spending.
In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Baldwin says many parts of the country need federal funding for the arts to make sure people have access to affordable theatre, dance and music that can enrich their lives.
With just under $147 million in federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts this year, Baldwin says the nation has fallen far short of its high of $175 million in 1992.
Folds, who is a judge on NBC's "The Sing-Off," says he would be busing tables if it weren't for his arts education.