MALONEY LEADS SUCCESSFUL EFFORT TO SECURE $250,000 APPROPRIATION FOR CARNEGIE HALL
WASHINGTON: The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a $250,000 appropriation for Carnegie Hall to support the Hall's effort to enhance its arts education and cultural enrichment programs. Specifically, the funds will help complete the Hall's Third Stage Project, a new intermediate-sized venue for educational and culturally diverse music initiatives. The $250,000 appropriation was voted on as part of the fiscal year 2002 Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and Independent Agencies Appropriation conference report. After the Senate votes on the conference report, the President is expected to sign the legislation into law.
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (Manhattan, Queens), who had written and spoken with Congressional appropriators to urge support of the Carnegie project, said of the victory, "This funding is vital to help Carnegie Hall complete a community-based stage for educational and culturally-focused music programs. I couldn't imagine a better time for this project to get a major boost. Our city and young people in particular need to come together right now and musical programs are a great way to make that happen."
Carnegie Hall is recognized as a gravitational force for great music worldwide. Its primary mission since its founding has been to present the world's finest musicians. Through the years, the Hall has responded to the need for the cultural and economic enrichment of its community. Since its incorporation as a nonprofit in the 1960's, Carnegie Hall has increasingly been called upon to provide programming for the local community, programs designed to bring Carnegie Hall and its world-class artists to people throughout New York City who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend concerts.
In 1999, Carnegie Hall announced the launch of its Third Stage project, an expansion campaign for the Hall, to meet the growing needs of the Hall and its community. The Hall and the community have shown their commitment to this project and federal support will help bring this renovation project one step closer to reality. Rep. Maloney thanked her colleagues in the New York Congressional delegation, and Reps. James Walsh and Alan Mollohan in particular, for supporting this appropriation.