The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Key Brand Entertainment  chief operating officer and executive vice-president Miles Wilkin will receive the 2016 Special Tony Awards, the group’s administration committee announced today.

nea-lockup-A-1Conceived during the Kennedy Administration and signed into being by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 29, 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency that partners with state arts agencies, other federal agencies and private philanthropy in support of artists, cultural institutions and arts education across the U.S.

“The National Endowment for the Arts’s contribution to the theatre community is incalculable,” stated Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “Over the past 50 years, since its inception, the agency has funded 18 Tony Award-winning plays and 15 Tony award-winning musicals, not to mention offering vital support to hundreds of theatre professionals. They are invaluable to our industry, and to our nation’s cultural legacy!”

UnknownA founder of the touring and New York producing giant Broadway Across America, Wilkin has won six Tony Awards as producer and been a growth leader in Broadway touring and e-commerce, building on BAA and Broadway.com’s vast e-commerce network. Previously he was an executive with Clear Channel Entertainment and its predecessors (SFX Entertainment, PACE Entertainment and PACE Theatrical) responsible for company-wide operations and company-wide divisions, including, North American Music, North American Theatre, Motorsports, Sports, International Music, International Theatre and Sports, and Properties including Corporate Sponsorship and TV.

“Miles paved ‘the road’ for the modern Broadway touring system, and his accomplishments have been monumental and central to the success and economic growth of our industry,” stated Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing.

Nominees in the competitive categories for the 2016 Tony Awards will be announced Tuesday morning, May 3 on CBS This Morning. CBS will present the 70th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Tony winner James Corden, on Sunday, June 12 from 8-11 PM, ET/delayed PT live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.