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Alec Baldwin: More money for the arts, please

Actor and classical music lover Alec Baldwin pressed Congress Monday to send more money to the arts.

Alec Baldwin: More money for the arts, please

Actor and classical music lover Alec Baldwin pressed Congress Monday to send more money to the arts.

"If I had any influence, I'd want the [National Endowment for the Arts] to have a budget of a billion dollars," Baldwin said. "We spend too much money on war in this country."

Baldwin is the on-air voice for radio broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic, and a particularly passionate fan of conductor Charles Dutoit.

In his plea, Baldwin, star of 30 Rock, said his own business, TV and film, is often like the "potato chip business — it's junk food."

Okay with us, as long as he doesn't start with that arts-is-like-spinach (good for you) business.

More from AP here.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

Reach Peter at pdobrin@phillynews.com.

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