National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts ( NEA) is a company incorporated in 1965 in the wake of the Great Society state foundation in the United States for the promotion of art and culture based in Washington, DC Chairman Rocco Landesman is currently.

As the only state cultural conveyor of the United States at the federal level, the NEA tries especially with scholarships for young artists to help or supports specific projects for a limited time. The annual budget of the NEA is around 120 million U.S. dollars. Several times was the NEA criticized by certain groups of the population, as the NEA (and thus taxpayers' money ) Artists were encouraged, whose art by some as blasphemous ( as in the cases Andres Serrano and Robert Clark Young) or obscene ( as in the case of Robert Mapplethorpe ) was considered.

Headquarters of the Foundation of the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington DC, which was renamed in honor of the first female chairman of the NEA in Nancy Hanks Center. The sister of the NEA Foundation, the NEH, the National Endowment for the Humanities to promote the humanities. It annually awards the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships, a kind of scholarship, to jazz musicians.

In the years 1985-2002 there was a conductor price Seaver / National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, which was responsible, among other from the Julliard School in New York City.