Alec Baldwin, Ben Folds Press For More Arts Funding

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alec Baldwin and musician Ben Folds are in Washington to press for increased funding for the arts amid cuts 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 theater, 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 funding in 1992.

Folds, who is a judge on NBC's "The Sing-Off," says he would be bussing tables if it weren't for his arts education.


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